Oyler waging write-in campaign for Salamanca supervisor

Salamanca Supervisor Charles Oyler is waging a write-in campaign for the post after the previous supervisor quit too late to get off the ballot.

SALAMANCA — Town of Salamanca Supervisor Charles Oyler is running a write-in campaign to keep his post.

Oyler, a Democrat, was appointed supervisor by the Salamanca Town Board this summer to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of former supervisor Tim Jackson.

The resignation of Jackson came too late to name another candidate or remove his name from the ballot. There are no other candidates for supervisor on the ballot. As a result, Oyler finds himself explaining the situation to voters and asking for their write-in vote.

A retired director of special education at the Salamanca Central School District, spent more than 30 years at the school as a teacher then an administrator. He retired in 2012. His wife, Mary Kay, was a preschool teacher at Salamanca. Oyler was also a football and track coach at the school.

He earned his master’s degree in education from the University of West Virginia and an advanced degree in administration from St. Bonaventure University.

After retiring, Oyler began fly fishing on area streams and hunting on a 100-acre tract of property he owns in Bucktooth Run in the town of Salamanca.

Oyler said the two most important issues facing the town right now are the COVID-19 crisis and the question of whether to allow the sale of marijuana in the town.

The town board is currently undecided on the marijuana question and plans to hold a public hearing on whether to opt out, Oyler said.

He personally thinks that there is likely to be so little revenue involved that “it’s a mistake to do it.” The board, Oyler said, “will make the final decision.”

The main responsibility of town government in a small town like Salamanca is keeping up the highways. “It’s the biggest and most costly thing,” Oyler said.

That’s the responsibility of the highway superintendent, but the town board votes on the budget.

Oyler said his biggest job between now and Election Day Nov. 2 “is just trying to get my name out there.”

He has to explain that it’s a write-in election for him and he plans to serve out the full four-year term. “If I start something, I’ll finish it,” Oyler said.

The candidates on the town ballots are listed below. The political party designations are D = Democrat, R = Republican and C = Conservative.

ASHFORD

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Richard Lundberg Jr., D.

-William Heim, R.

-James Boberg, R.

Councilman - Two-year term (to fill vacancy)

-Angela Ghani, R.

Highway Superintendent - two-year term (to fill vacancy)

-Keith Butcher, R, C.

CARROLLTON

Supervisor - Four-year term

-Robert Rinfrette, R.

Justice - Four-year term

-Michael Soper, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Jay Little, R.

-David Barger, R.

Highway Superintendent - Four-year term

-Michael Fox, R.

COLDSPRING

Supervisor - Four-year term

-Tina Hyde, D, R.

Clerk - Four-year-term

-Dakota Skinner, R.

Justice - Four-year term

-Jason Steger, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-David Chapman, R.

-Kenneth Dechow, R.

Highway Superintendent - Four-year term

-Kirk Hayes, D, R.

CONEWANGO

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Ronald D. Adams, R.

-Willis H. Shaw, R.

DAYTON

Supervisor - Two-year-term

-Angie Mardino-Miller, R, C.

Clerk - Four-year term

-Ruth Bennett, R.

Councilman - Four-year term

-Christine Rupp, R, C.

-Donald Bartlett, R.

Highway Superintendent - Four-year term

-Thomas Chupa, R, C.

EAST OTTO

Supervisor - Four-year term

-Ann Rugg, R.

Clerk - Four-year-term

-Deanna Bowen, D, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Angela Sherman, D, R.

-William Spors, R.

-Lisa Musall, Pro Farm.

Highway Superintendent - Four-year term

-Thomas Benz, D, C.

-Michael Grey, R.

ELLICOTTVILLE

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Steven Crowley, D.

-John Zerfas, R.

GREAT VALLEY

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Rebecca Kruszynski, D.

-Sandra Goode, R, C.

LEON

Supervisor (Two-year term)

-Fred Filock, R.

-Clerk - Two-year term

-Sheila Fiebelkorn, D, R.

Councilman - Four-year-term (Vote for two)

-Jacqueline Ellis, D, R.

-Calvin Milliman, R.

LITTLE VALLEY

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Holly Urbanski, R, C.

-Timothy Zimbardi, R.

-Jerry Titus, C.

MANSFIELD

Supervisor - Two-year term

-Carl Calarco Jr., R.

Clerk - Two-year term

-Betty Horning, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Gregory Meyer Sr., R.

-Michael Telaak, R.

Highway-Superintendent - Four-year term

-Bradley Hurley, R.

NAPOLI

Supervisor - Two-year term

-Daniel Martonis, R.

Clerk - Two-year tem

-Victoria Bedell, D, R.

Councilman - Four-year term

-David Dechow, R.

-Jeffrey Stacey Sr., R.

Highway Superintendent - Four-year term

-Dale Blood, R.

NEW ALBION

Justice - Four-year term

-Shannon Goode, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Norman Kazmark, R.

Councilman - Two-year term (To fill vacancy)

-Michael Weishan, Main Street Party.

OTTO

Supervisor - Four-year term

-Ronald Wasmund, D, R.

Clerk - Four-year term

-Trisha Priest, R.

Justice - Four-year term

-Warren Dickenson, D, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Marlene Gregory, R.

-Kevin Walker, R.

Highway Superintendent - Four-year term

-Robert Barber, R.

PERRYSBURG

Supervisor - Two-year term to fill vacancy

-Dennis Parker, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Edward York, R.

-Andrew Lord, R.

Councilman - Two-year term to fill vacancy

-Lisa Towne, D

-Mary Jane Stuhr, D.

-Christopher Trybus, R.

-Michael Sternisha, R.

PERSIA

Supervisor - Two-year term

-John Walgus, R

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Robert Dingman, R.

-Gloria Tomaszewski, R.

RANDOLPH

Clerk - Four-year term

-Gretchen Hind, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Timothy Beach, R.

-Nathan Root, R.

RED HOUSE

Supervisor - Two-year term

-Tamara Booth, D, R.

Clerk - Two-year term

-Nancy Schaal, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Clifford Schaal, R.

Highway Superintendent - Two-year term

-Brian Booth, D, R.

SALAMANCA

Supervisor - Four-year term

-Timothy Jackson, D, R.

Clerk - Four-year term

-Shelly Bryant, D, R.

Councilman - Four-year term (Vote for two)

-Larry Stewart, D, R.

-Diana Brodie-Anderson, R.

Highway Superintendent - Four-year term

-Frederick Light, D, R.

SOUTH VALLEY

Supervisor - Two-year term

-Heather Lamberson, D, R.

Clerk - Four-year term

-Mary Ruth, R.

Councilman - Four-year term

-Kathy Burch, R.

-Charles Ruth, R.

Highway Superintendent - Two-year term

-Warren Thomas, R.

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