Niagara County Clerk candidate Joseph Jastrzemski has gained the support of the county's Independence Party committee, Chairwoman Susan Eberwein announced.
The announcement comes just two weeks after Jastrzemski announced his candidacy to succeed retiring incumbent Wayne F. Jagow, who enjoyed the support of the Niagara County Independence Party during his tenure.
Jastrzemski, who has served as supervisor of the lakeshore Town of Wilson for 10 years, has consistently received the backing of the Independence Party organization, Eberwein said. She noted he has faithfully represented the party's values as an elected official.
"The Independence Party's values are the values of our county's taxpayers, of our hardworking families, our senior citizens living on fixed incomes, and of all our citizens who value limited, effective, open government," Eberwein said. The Independence Party chairwoman noted members of her executive committee had been particularly impressed by a shared-services agreement negotiated between Jastrzemski and City of Niagara Falls officials that saves Wilson taxpayers $71,000 every year.
"In his decade-long service as Wilson supervisor, town residents have enjoyed an effective government that provides needed services, but have seen their tax rates decline by 10 percent. Joe Jastrzemski has cut the cost of government by sharing services with other municipalities, and has shown he can work with elected leaders from both parties," Eberwein said. "Joe Jastrzemski stands for the common-sense values the Independence Party seeks in our elected leaders."
Eberwein also praised Jastrzemski, who works in the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, for his commitment to law and order and his support for local programs that benefit area youth. In addition to running the sheriff's inmate work-detail program, Jastrzemski referees Section VI varsity football games.
"Independent voters want to elect leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to their communities. Joe Jastrzemski lives that commitment every day," Eberwein said. "Joe Jastrzemski has earned the Independence Party's support because he has earned our respect."