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A current member of the Town of Porter council has announced plans to run for election for the Niagara County Legislature seat Clyde Burmaster held for decades. 

Irene Myers, a Republican and Conservative, said she wants to fill the first district legislative seat which was vacated by Burmaster's passing last month. 

“After much prayer and discussion, I felt the best way to honor Clyde was to carry on his legacy and fight for the residents that he cared so much about,” said Myers. 

Myers pointed to her love of the community as a reason why she makes a good candidate.

“In just a short time, I was happy to support issues like Summer Fest, the development of a regional brochure supporting our community, and working towards procuring funds for portable radios used in emergency management,” said Myers.

As a legislator, she said she would continue the aggressive fight against CWM’s expansion as did Burmaster. 

“If CWM wants to expand, they better hope someone else is elected instead of me," Myers said. “I will fight with every fiber of my body to prevent it. Not only is it the right thing to do but it’s what Clyde would want to see happen.”

Environmental issues and enhancing the towns are important as well, Myers said. Cleanup of the Lake Ontario Ordinance Works and the growth of the community are two major points of attention for Myers.

“We need leaders who will do everything possible to make our communities safe from environmental threats while having the vision to preserve our identity,” said Myers. “I have proven to be that kind of leader.”

A GM/UAW employee with over 20 years of service, Myers is a third generation homestead resident in Porter. She has two daughters and a granddaughter.

She is the chairwomen of the Veterans Chicken BBQ which benefits the Ransomville American Legion and Youngstown VFW, as well as a former 4-H leader and NU girl’s youth travel hockey team. She recently joined the Elks Lodge No. 41.

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