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September 11, 2013

Touma tops in primary voting; Fruscione fails to secure Democratic line

Fruscione odd man out in four-way city council race for three Democratic lines


Niagara Gazette — He also indicated that he planned to remain diligent when it comes to the Hamister deal.

“I’m going to stand my ground,” he said.

Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said he was “very disappointed” in the outcome of Tuesday’s race, crediting Fruscione with standing with him and Anderson to protect the interests of working class people in the city. 

“This is probably the first time in 40 years real family people in Niagara Falls had true representation,” Choolokian said.

Back at the Sheraton hotel, a relaxed Walker said it felt good to have the support of his party and Democratic voters in the city.

“Once you make the decision to run, it’s good to know that your party supports you and gives you the opportunity to represent them for another term,” Walker said.

Walker said his strong showing in the primary coupled with his experience and record on the council give him confidence that he will do well in the general election.

“I’ve been there a while,” Walker said. “I have a voting record.”

Grandinetti waited for election results at her home. After the final numbers were tallied, she joined Walker and Touma at the Four Points Sheraton to celebrate their victory.

Grandinetti said she was nervous about the primary, but was glad to see that she lives in a city where people listen and know what’s going on.

“I think that the three people who won are the three people who have the city’s best interests at heart,” Grandinetti said.

Now that the primary is over Grandinetti said she will need to continue to work hard to retain her seat.

“It’s not over yet and I’m not overconfident,” she said.

Fruscione isn’t out of the race yet and vowed Tuesday to continue on in November where he will appear on the ballot on the Conservative and Independence party lines. He also said he will finish the remainder of his current term with the same focus he’s had for years.

“I think I got a lot of positive things done over the past eight years,” he said. “I saved a lot of people’s jobs and held the line on taxes.”

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