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Kenmore mayor, trustees unopposed for re-election

Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang and two Village Board members seeking new terms face no opponents in this fall's village elections.

Mang, who has served as mayor since 2008, is running for his fourth term. The only time he has faced a challenger was 2011.

He said he doesn't know why more people aren't interested in running for office, although this isn't unique to Kenmore. Williamsville, this spring, had uncontested races for mayor, two trustee seats and village justice.

Mang wonders if the bitter political climate, amplified by social media, scares people away. He said the low pay also may not make the position attractive. The mayor earns $13,000 and trustees get $6,500 for the part-time positions, salaries that haven't changed in 30 years.

Mang and his running mates – Katherine Bestine and Joseph DeCecco – are Democrats, as are the rest of the five-member board. Bestine was first elected trustee in 1999. DeCecco was appointed to the board in July 2017 following the death of Trustee R. Timothy McCarthy.

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