Three Republicans will contend for a pair of ballot spots in the City of Niagara Falls primary election on Tuesday.
Newcomer John Spanbauer, an adjunct professor in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Niagara University and also serves a part-time supervisor with the school’s recreation department, is in competition with real estate agent Candace Corsaro and incumbent Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins in Tuesday’s race.
Spanbauer says his focus will be on improvements to city services, such as street and park maintenance, and public safety, while also expanding recreation options for resident old and young.
"I also want to see a highly functional relationship between members of the city council and the city’s administration, while giving residents a bigger voice in our government," he said earlier this year.
Corsaro's bid for a council seat adds to string of runs for elected offices that stretches back until at least 2006, when she sought a seat on the Niagara Falls City School District.
Corsaro said she wants to help make neighborhoods safe and affordable for residents and business owners want safe and affordable neighborhoods.
“I will work diligently to ensure that your voice is a part of the decision-making process,” she said earlier this year. “Holding public hearings at city hall isn’t enough. For those community members with children, or who work third shift or who are homebound, I will create opportunities to ensure that you have a voice in to help shaping the direction of our city.”
She has worked as a real estate agent for the past 15 years.
From 2017-18, she was the governor of New York State Kiwanis International and former president of the Niagara Falls Block club council. She also served on the Niagara Falls City Assessors Board.
Tompkins is seeking his second term in office. He’s the operations manager at H.W. Bryk and Sons, the local plumbing, heating and cooling company.
“I work well with my colleagues and have built a strong rapport with our state leaders," he continued. "I do my homework on every issue and try to understand it fully before casting my vote. I am not shy about asking tough questions or speaking my mind at council meetings. If I’m not satisfied, I have no problem tabling an item until we receive adequate responses to make informed decisions."