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Williamsville Mayor DeLano won't run again; Trustee Rogers seeks post

Williamsville Mayor Daniel O. DeLano Jr. is not seeking re-election, clearing the way for a challenger in June's village elections.

DeLano, who has held the job for 13 months, said he won't seek a full, four-year term because he wants to devote more time to his family and new work prospects.

The only announced candidate for the post is Deborah L. Rogers, an active volunteer who has served on the Village Board since 2017.

DeLano, 52, was elected to the Village Board in 2011 and re-elected four years later. He was named deputy mayor in 2016 and appointed mayor in December 2017, after Brian Kulpa became Amherst supervisor.

In June 2018, DeLano was unopposed in running to finish the final year of Kulpa's term.

DeLano, who got involved in Williamsville politics a decade ago after the fight over dissolving the village, plays music professionally and wants to get more into real estate and property ownership. He said he's also getting married next month, to Donna Kerr.

"I'm going to focus on my family and career opportunities," DeLano said.

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He said he initially planned to serve only one term on the Village Board but is now finishing up his eighth year in Williamsville government. He praised his mentors and colleagues and pointed to accomplishments such as the village's Picture Main Street renovations and development of a new community plan.

DeLano said he's been thinking about bowing out this June for some time but said he wants to stay active.

"Hopefully, the village brings me onto the Tree Board so I am not completely bored," he quipped in an email.

Williamsville Trustee Deb Rogers

Rogers, 47, said she decided to seek the post, and she informed DeLano of her plans, before he announced he would not run for re-election.

Rogers has been engaged in the community since moving to Williamsville with her husband, Michael, in 2003. They have a daughter, 11, and a son, 6, at Forest Elementary School.

She previously worked in human resources and as a business consultant.

She has volunteered at her children's PTA, raised funds for the Williamsville Library and served on various village committees.

Rogers said she's running “to build upon the positive momentum underway in our village, improve quality of life elements, such as parks, and foster open communication with our residents.”

Rogers was appointed to the Village Board in March 2017 to take the place of Trustee Christopher J. Duquin, who resigned following his guilty plea to a driving while intoxicated charge. She won election to a four-year term three months later.

Also this June, the seats of Trustees Matt Etu and Al Yates and the position of Village Justice Jeffrey F. Voelkl are on the ballot.

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