Kiedrowski: Candidates 'have Niagara County values'
Niagara County Republicans endorsed the full slates of the county's 12 town and three city committees Wednesday night. At the same time, they unanimously elected Scott Kiedrowski, who has served as interim chairman for the past month, as chairman in his own right.
The endorsement meeting, heavily attended with approximately 120 Niagara County Republican Committee members in attendance, saw county Republicans endorse a slate that included 11 of the 12 sitting members of the Republican majority in the Niagara County Legislature, as well as candidates in the remaining four seats for the 15-member body.
"We are here tonight to elect Republicans," Kiedrowski explained to party members. "We are here to elect Republicans because our party has the best vision for this county: a fiscally-conservative, anti-tax, pro-cutting government, pro-economic growth vision that has served so many of our communities so well even as our federal government has shown the dangers associated with an ever-larger, more intrusive government. We are confident Niagara County's voters will again affirm those values."
Kiedrowski placed the party's full slate of nominees before county Republicans, who unanimously endorsed each town and city's slate of candidates.
"We are confident of re-electing our Majority Caucus members to the County Legislature," Kiedrowski said. "We are also very bullish on the prospects of Rich Andres in the 8th District in North Tonawanda, and in Niagara Falls, Giulio Colangelo looks poised for success in the 5th District."
Also endorsed Wednesday were a host of candidates for town boards and common councils, as well as other elected offices ranging from town clerk and highway superintendent to town justices and city attorneys.
Kiedrowski noted the Republican Committee had declined to endorse in what he called "fair fight situations."
In the Town of Newfane, four challengers will square off in a GOP primary for two town board seats, and in neighboring Somerset, the party declined to endorse in a five-way primary for highway superintendent.
"Our 12 town and three city committees produced solid slates of candidates," Kiedrowski said. "Our party's success starts with strong, active local committees."
The Niagara County Republican Committee begins circulating nominating petitions June 4.