Much like in the Niagara County Legislature races, the biggest battleground for North Tonawanda primary elections will be for the Independence Party line.
In NT, four of the five alderman positions on the common council are up for grabs, with the exception of one of the council's two alderman-at-large seats, and residents will also vote to fill the city's combined clerk/treasurer position.
On most lines, the candidates will run without opposition, but the candidates for alderman-at-large, Third Ward alderman and clerk/treasurer will all vie for the Independence line.
In the alderman-at-large race, Republican incumbent Robert Pecoraro will be facing off against challenger Robert Brennan, president of Gratwick Hose Fire Co., for the Independence line. Brennan is a registered Independent, but is also seeking the Democratic and Working Families lines. Pecoraro will also be running for the Conservative and Republican lines.
Incumbent Third Ward Alderman Eric Zadzilka, a Republican, will run against challenger Edward Smolinski, a retired North Tonawanda police officer and registered Independent, for the Independence line. Zadzilka will also seek the Republican and Conservative lines and Smolinski will seek the Democratic and Working Families lines.
In the clerk/treasurer race, appointed incumbent and registered Independent Matthew Parish, will challenge Nicholas Phelps, a Libertarian, for the Independence Party line. Parish will be also be seeking the Conservative and Republican lines as well, while Phelps seeks the Democratic and Working Families lines.