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November 4, 2013

Crowded field vies for three Niagara Falls City Council seats

Niagara Gazette — City voters will have an opportunity to shape the city’s legislative body choosing from a seven-candidate pool to fill three open seats in Tuesday’s general election.

With three Democratics, three Republicans and on candidate running on minor party lines voters will have a wide array of choices for the seats on the five-member panel.

Here is a rundown of the candidates:

Robert Elder is one of three endorsed Republicans on the general election ballot, but he stopped actively campaigning in early October.

Sam Fruscione, 47, is a two-term incumbent who served as chairman of the council for four of his eight years on the dais. Fruscione, a teacher at Harry F. Abate Elementary for 22 years, has been married to his wife Paula for 23 years. They have two daughters, Samantha and Erica. Fruscione has a master’s degree in education from Buffalo State University.

Fruscione, a registered Democrat, was the odd man out in a four-way primary for three Democratic lines on the general election ballot, but has continued to run his campaign on minor party line endorsements from the Conservative and Independence parties.

On why he’s running:

“The main reason for running for re-election is to continue to serve the entire community as the taxpayers’ watch dog. The community needs and deserves a voice that will ask the tough questions on their behalf. Furthermore, it is the responsibility as your council member to ensure that there are checks and balances in the government. My record for the past eight years has shown the community that I am willing to hold the line on taxes and unnecessary spending. As chairman there was never a tax increase and city services were maintained at a cost affordable to all. That is the job of a council member.”

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