Niagara Gazette

Lewiston

June 16, 2014

Three on the ballot for Village of Lewiston mayor in Tuesday's election

Niagara Gazette — Voters have a choice to make when voting in the Village of Lewiston’s general election Tuesday.

Incumbent Mayor Terry Collesano, a Republican who is completing his first term following 20 years as a village trustee, is challenged by not one but two candidates this summer, as Democrats Jamie Symmonds and Jacqueline Lampman both want it for themselves.

The three-way battle is a complete shift from four years ago when Collesano received both the Republican and Democrat nominations during caucuses.

Another difference will be the lack of a Democrat, officially, on the ballot. Despite both Symmonds and Lampman running for office, neither name will occupy the top position on the ballot after some confusion last month led to the Democrat caucus being ruled illegal and rejected.

Symmonds had been the party’s choice to challenge Collesano’s tenure, though the ruling left her with the option of forming her own party and securing the necessary petition signatures to get on the ballot. She did, forming the Voice of the Village Party, and finalizing her spot.

Lampman, likewise, formed her own party to battle both candidates, creating the Lewiston Village Party and securing enough signatures to get involved.

Collesano said he’s primarily running to accomplish revitalization of the Frontier House, while Symmonds said she wants to create a greater sense of community in the village while reexamining the village’s plans for future development. Lampman said she’s tired of the status quo and is concerned about tax increases causing problems in the future.

Other than mayor, voters don’t have much to decide. Current Trustees Victor Eydt, Daniel Gibson and Bruce Sutherland are all running unopposed for new, four-year terms.

Voting runs from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Red Brick Municipal Building, 145 N. Fourth St., Lewiston.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

Lewiston Village Election • WHO: Three candidates - incumbent Terry Collesano and challengers Jamie Symmonds and Jacqueline Lampman - for one position of mayor. Three trustees unopposed. • WHEN: Noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday • WHERE: The Red Brick Municipal Building, 145 N. Fourth St., Lewiston

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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