Niagara Gazette

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May 9, 2013

Challenges to two school board incumbents' petitions thrown out on technicalities


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Though he had the opportunity, Hamilton didn't file action against any of the challengers in the race — Anthony Paretto, Michael Gawel, Ronald Burstys and Herbert Lewis — citing a need for higher standards being needed for those already in the position.

"The two incumbents were the ones who needed to be challenged," Hamilton said after filing his objections. "We've got to hold the incumbents to higher standards, because they ought to know better."

According to Massaro, another reason Hamilton's objections were dismissed was because, as the person objecting, Hamilton failed to notify either Dobbs or King about his actions, required by law.

Dobbs said he found out about the objections through Dumas, the district clerk, after they were filed.

With the matter cleared up, he said he's going to continue running his campaign for reelection the way he's served his 16 years as a board member.

"I've served this community with honesty, with integrity and with all due diligence to do the right thing," he said. "I'm going to continue doing the best I can for both students and parents in the district."

King also objected to Hamilton's actions, saying it singled out his campaign and his integrity, which he said are both worthy of his position as a volunteer school board member. 

He questioned Hamilton's approach to changing a system which, King added, likely needs to be changed. Hamilton's approach to fixing a problem like the outdated petition process — one which has not been updated in more than 35 years — is misguided attacking him and his volunteers, he said.

"I did exactly what I've done the past 35 years," King said. "Nobody found fault with it before. Yes (it should change), but there's a better way of doing it.

"I think there's other motives at work here."



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

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