Michelle M. Roman, the Democrat who announced her candidacy for Lockport mayor Wednesday, proposed to serve part time and said the mayor's salary should be cut from $43,800 to $30,000 a year.
She teaches at Holley Central School and wants to continue doing so, although possibly with reduced hours.
Until about 15 years ago, Roman said, Lockport mayors all had day jobs.
"Being full time has allowed them to micro-manage everything. It's deteriorated," Roman said. "I plan to be here in the evenings when people are done with their day."
Roman said she would be "delegating to the professionals who belong in those (city) departments." She also said city Republicans "are ignoring the lower socioeconomic spectrum of our residents.
Mayor David R. Wohleben and Niagara County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall are seeking the GOP nomination.