Keith "Casey" Ahlas, an analyst at a customs brokerage, is seeking a seat on the Lewiston Town Board. He has the endorsement of the Town of Lewiston Democratic Committee.
"I am a fiscal-minded, results-oriented candidate," Ahlas said. "I want to bring change to the Town Board and work to curb unnecessary spending and help put the town's financial health in order."
Ahlas has lived in Lewiston for 12 years, with his wife, Michelle, and stepson, Brandon.
Ahlas graduated from LaSalle Senior High School, Niagara County Community College and has a B.A. degree in English/communications from Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania. He has a master's degree in library science from Belford University in Humble, Texas.
Ahlas works as an analyst with Livingston International Customs Brokers. He has worked on several Niagara County political campaigns.
"I'm running to make a difference," Ahlas said. "I'm a concerned citizen, who, like many others, has become disenchanted with the political process and how things run."
Ahlas said he sees need for change on the town board. "What we've seen in recent years is most disturbing. We saw scandals with town gasoline stolen and town equipment improperly used. We saw taxpayers' money squandered at Joseph Davis Park and on plans for an extravagant recreation center the voters overwhelmingly rejected."
Ahlas has been attending Town Board meetings and work sessions since the spring. He wants to work with Supervisor Dennis Brochey and all board members to set the town government in a new direction.
"Many of the problems in Lewiston came from a rubberstamp Town Board that let the previous supervisor do what he wanted," Ahlas said. "I want to be an independent voice, vigilantly watching that every dollar we spend is done wisely."
Ahlas said he is concerned about the lack of parking for events in the town and village, especially handicapped parking. "As a disabled person myself, I know firsthand how important it is for accessibility throughout our town. It's also good for business, with restaurants and shops benefitting from adequate parking."
Ahlas said he wants to work to make Lewiston a better place for families.
"I find this to be a great area to live and raise a family, and I want to contribute to that in the best way possible," he said.