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2017-09-13 / Front Page

Baker, Spino to receive Republican lines in November

While primary election results are still unofficial, Republican voters in the town today appear to have decided on Erin Baker and Joseph Spino as the two candidates that will receive the party line on November's election ballot.

As of 10:45 p.m., when 94 percent of the polling districts were reporting results, Baker and Spino garnered 46 and 43 percent of the votes, as Chris Drongosky tallied 11 percent. 

For the past five years, Baker has served as chief of staff to Amherst Assemblyman Ray Walter. Baker oversees the day-to-day operations of the office, assists constituents who have problems with state agencies, and coordinates community outreach events.

Spino is employed at the Erie County District Attorney’s Office and has also been a budget analyst for county government in addition to being an adviser for the County Legislature.

Drongosky, who announced his candidacy during a Town Board meeting held in June, is a past member of the Planning Board and former recreation commissioner. He is currently managing partner of specialty retailer Simply Certificates.

The two Town Board seats currently held by Council Members Ramona Popowich and Steven Sanders have terms that end this year. Popowich said she would not seek re-election to a second term, while Sanders will be ending his second consecutive term, which is the limit within town government.

The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

Additonal primary details will appear in the Sept. 20 edition of The Amherst Bee. 

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