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DUNKIRK Gridlock brings council choices

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk voters will definitely have a choice when it comes to Common Council representation in 2022. According to the county Board of Elections, all seats are being contested.

For councilman-at-large, the Republican candidate will be David Damico with the Democratic nominee being Nick Weiser. Second Ward is seeing a race between incumbent Democrat Marty Bamonto and Republican Linda Stolinski. Third Ward’s race is between incumbent Republican James Stoyle and Democrat Phillip Collier. Fourth Ward is between incumbent Republican Nancy Nichols against Democrat Nanette White.

Probably the most interesting of the races is in the First Ward where three-term incumbent Don Williams Jr. is being challenged by Natalie Luczkowiak, who won the endorsement of the Democrats and Working Families Party. Williams, who was snubbed by his party, has forced a primary that will be June 22.

There is no question division in the city has been evident since January 2020. Current council members and Mayor Wilfred Rosas have not had a good working relationship, which has led to gridlock.

These races could change that direction — or continue the tough ride for Rosas. There is a sense in the community voters are frustrated. The true test for that theory will be in November.

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