Niagara Gazette —
Grandinetti, Fruscione and Touma all work for the Niagara Falls School District while Walker works as a manager of community outreach for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Walker is the longest serving member of the council, having joined the governing body in 1999. Fruscione is seeking a third term and Grandinetti is trying for a second term.
All four candidates successfully filed petitions with more than the 802 signatures required before last Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline.
Walker submitted 1,596 signatures, Touma submitted 1,576 signatures, Fruscione turned in 1,506 signatures and Grandinetti presented 1,142 signatures.
The Niagara Falls Democratic Committee announced last week that it would not endorse any candidates, but would support the three candidates who get the most votes in the September primary.
“After a year of serious taxpayer opposition to the actions of the city council, the committee voted to forego endorsements and leave it to the people of Niagara Falls to pick their candidates from a wide field,” Chairwoman Alicia Laible, said in a statement. “Who better to decide the future of this party than the taxpayers themselves?”
Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257