Between the town board and the county legislature, there are three competitive elections for Town of Lewiston residents to vote in when they head out to the polls on Tuesday.
NIAGARA COUNTY LEGISLATURE
Both the First and Second legislative districts in Niagara County represent portions of Lewiston. After former First District Legislator Clyde Burmaster died earlier this year, two challengers have emerged to compete for his vacant seat.
The first is Irene Myers, currently a member of the Town of Porter Council. She's a Republican who's also running on the Conservative line, and says that she plans to continue Burmaster's staunch opposition the expansion of the Chemical Waste Management (CWM). She also advocated for a cleanup of the Lake Ontario Ordinance Works site and increased community growth.
Challenging her is Wendy Guild Swearingen, an Independent who is also running on the Democratic and Working Families lines. The former Lewiston-Porter School Board member also expressed opposition to the expansion of CWM and said she'd work to represent the needs of seniors as well as the farmers who cultivate much of the land that makes up the first district.
In the Second District, incumbent Rebecca Wydysh will challenge Stephanie Kindzia. Wydysh is a Republican who is also running with support from the Conservative and Libertarian parties, while Kindzia, an Independent, is also running with support the Democratic and Working Families parties.
Wydysh is the chairwoman of the Opioid Addiction/Overdose Strategy Implementation Standing Committee (OASIS) and has stressed the importance of equal representation for each of the communities in her district, ranging from the Village of Lewiston with its bustling Center Street district to the more rural parts of the area.
Kindzia, a political newcomer, has emphasized the importance of promoting the growth of educational opportunities for the youths in her district, as well as increased government transparency. She has also spoken in favor of improving government services, growing the area's tourism industry and addressing environmental issues.
Both offices come with two-year terms.
Two of the town board's four council members are running for re-election this year.
Incumbents William Geiben, a Republican running with endorsements from the Conservative, Green, Libertarian and Independent parties, and Robin "Rob" Morreale, a Democrat, are both hoping to retain their positions for another four-year term.
They will face challenges from Jason Myers, who's running on the Republican, Conservative, Green, Libertarian and Independent lines, and Francis Flanagan, who is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines.
Gieben has served the Town of Lewiston as a councilman for the last four years and formerly served as the mayor of the Village of Lewiston. Morreale has also served on the town board for the last four years and is the longtime owner of a collision repair business in Niagara Falls.
Myers is a member of the Niagara Wheatfield Board of Education and has a background working in management, finance and marketing. Flannigan is a union advocate who also sought election to the Lewiston Town Board in 2017.
Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick, who is backed by the Republican, Conservative and Independent parties, will run unopposed this year.
Also unopposed are Town Clerk Donna Garfinkel, also supported by the Republican, Conservative and Independent parties, and Highway Superintendent David Trane, supported by the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence parties.