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Tonawanda Democrats seek candidates for vacancy on Town Board

The Town of Tonawanda is preparing to fill the vacancy on its Town Board following Lisa Chimera's election to the Erie County Legislature. The Ken-Ton schoolteacher had served on the board since 2005.

She was the comfortable winner in June's Democratic primary to replace Legislator Peter Savage, now a Buffalo City Court judge. Chimera was appointed to the Legislature's 3rd District seat and resigned her Town Board post, though she's likely to face Juan Carlos Rivera in the general election.

Town Democrats will recommend a Chimera replacement to the all-Democratic Town Board, which would appoint someone to serve through Dec. 31.

Political parties have until Thursday to nominate candidates for November's election to fill the remaining two years on Chimera's term. The Democratic appointee presumably will carry that party's banner in the fall.

John Crangle, Tonawanda's Democratic chairman, said the committee will seek active community members and will keep in mind Chimera was the only woman on the Town Board.

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