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Hamburg Democratic Committee picks Shaw for supervisor

The Town of Hamburg's Democratic Committee has endorsed attorney Jim Shaw as its candidate for town supervisor.

Shaw heads up the endorsed ticket that includes Ted Casey for highway superintendent, Cheryl Potter-Juda, Laura Hackathorn and Matt Kibler for Town Board and Town Justice Gerald Gorman for re-election.

Shaw, who runs a law practice with his brother, is partially retired after more than 40 years in private practice. He also has been the attorney for a number of school, town and village boards, and counsel to Democrats in the Erie County Legislature. He also served as an assistant district attorney and deputy Erie County clerk in the 1970s.

“I know the Town of Hamburg very well. I know the issues, and I know the challenges ahead. I am not a career politician like our current supervisor and the office is not a stepping stone for me. I will give our community an honest day’s work every day, with openness and transparency as we work together to build a better Hamburg,” he said.

Casey, a workplace safety consultant for many years, is coordinator of the town's Traffic Safety Committee, and ran unsuccessfully for highway superintendent in 2013.

Incumbent GOP Supervisor Steven Walters has not yet announced if he will run for re-election. Republicans have not announced endorsements for town offices, but there may be other competition for Casey.

Former Hamburg Mayor Curt Herrmann, who works as a recreation supervisor for the town, said he is interested in winning the Democratic nod for highway superintendent in a primary. Incumbent Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr., a member of the Conservative Party, has announced he is running for re-election. Best was appointed highway superintendent in 2008, and elected in 2009 and in 2013. He also has been a town councilman, chief of detectives for Hamburg Police and officer in charge for the Blasdell Police Department.




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