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Republicans boycotting Amherst candidates forum

Republican candidates plan to boycott a public forum for candidates for Amherst Town Board scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 in Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

The forum is hosted by the Amherst Open Government Advisory Board, and the Republican Party Vice Chairman Joe Heins said it's inappropriate for a partisan government-appointed board to host a political debate. Candidates forums are best left to non-partisan organizations like the League of Women Voters, he said.

Town Democratic party chairman Jerry Schad said he expects his candidates to appear Thursday at the forum.

Candidates for two open seats on the Town Board are Democrats Jacqui Berger and Shawn Lavin, Republicans Erin Baker and Joe Spino and Conservative Bill Kindel. Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa, a Democrat, and Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger, a Conservative running on the Republican line, are vying for town supervisor.

Thursday's forum will be recorded and posted on the town website for viewing after the event.


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