Lewiston resident Travis Diez has announced his candidacy for Town of Lewiston highway superintendent and offers the following statement.
"I would like to announce that I am seeking your vote in the election for the position of highway superintendent for the Town of Lewiston. As a registered Democrat, I have been endorsed by the Working Families Party as well as the Niagara County Building Trades.
"Being a 22-year heavy equipment operator and veteran of the Operating Engineers, Local 463, I am also a 12- year executive board member in addition to being the union treasurer, a member-elected position. I am a trained and certified instructor in OSHA construction and general industry, trenching and excavating, forklift operations, hazardous waste operations, and green chemistry and green jobs, to name a few. In addition to the classroom instruction, I have also trained our members in the practical, or hands-on, side of operating heavy equipment. Many of the programs implemented have been designed for employee health and safety, to build skill level and confidence and to learn the many different techniques of heavy equipment operations.
"My leadership skills are strong but fair, as I have proven by serving as steward on various construction jobs, including the building of Lewiston's own Hickory Stick Golf Course, where I served as steward and lead operator, responsible for representing approximately 17 co-workers. The hands-on experience and knowledge I possess of road work construction and paving, as well as employee organization and supervision, would be an asset to the town as well as the team I would be working with on a daily basis; ensuring that all our team members are educated, safe and efficient in the duties they perform everyday.
"I understand the appropriate installation and maintenance of storm sewers, and have had previous experience solving issues in poor drainage areas. This topic is something I hope to have the chance to significantly improve upon for Lewiston residents in our near future.
"I am very familiar and comfortable with interpreting local laws and regulations, as well as confidently maintaining a consistent budget and working with others to be able to process monthly and/or quarterly reports. I am a firm believer in sharing and delegating responsibilities and working with other local organizations to share services and resources in the interest of saving the taxpayers money.
"I am a lifelong resident of the Lewiston-Porter area, currently living in the town. My wife of 19 years, Jennifer, who is employed at Niagara University, and I have chosen to raise our three children, Jacey, 17, Tristan, 15 and Lucas, 9 in the community we are so dedicated to and proud to be members of. Our family attends Mass weekly at St. Bernard's R.C. Church, as well as Niagara's Alumni Chapel, and believe that faith is an important part of having essential family values, personal integrity, and sense of community. We consistently support our hometown by shopping and dining locally, by active volunteerism and by regular attendance and financial support of local events and the arts.
"I look forward to the opportunity of serving my community with honesty and sincerity, teamwork and a common-sense approach. I respectfully ask for your support for my bid to become the next Lewiston highway superintendent this fall."