Correction — The best candidate for the Democrats to win a seat on the Amherst Town Board in the upcoming November election was Matt Clabeaux but he was informed, not asked, that he had to step down as a Democratic candidate for the Town Board by Chairman Jerry Schad.
Shad was instructed by the real chairman of the Amherst Democratic Committee Dennis Ward to replace Matt with an older, more mature female politician who’s name was well known because of her being on the Williamsville School Board.
The reason many interested people who want to get involved in Amherst politics don’t run for office are the games they are made to play to stay in favor of the “good ol’ boys”, Dennis and Jerry.
If citizens do decide to seek office and win they know they can’t be their own person because they will be controlled by two losers who need to feel important, Dennis and Jerry.
When will this type of politics die in Amherst?
Editor James Tricoli, Amhersttimes.com
Saturday, April 13, select members of the Amherst Democratic Committee will endorse two candidates to run for the Amherst Town Board. The first two people who tossed their hats in the ring were Janice Dunn’s daughter, Trish, and Matt Clabeaux. They are two new faces with new ideas and good problem solving skills for Amherst’s real problems.
Matt Clabeaux has been a life long Democrat who grew up in Amherst. As a boy he lived in Snyder and attended St. Benedict’s. He later moved to the Village of Williamsville.
Clabeaux knows both the physical beauty and the brutal scarring of Amherst due to a weak Town Board who always gave developers the go-ahead to mutilate Amherst’s quaintness. He will fight hard to block any further butchering of Amherst.
These two new Democratic candidates are bright, intelligent and should be able to defeat any candidates the Republicans put against them. They will win if the Amherst Democratic Party gives them their full support and join together to do what needs to be done to assure victory for them. These candidates haven’t been touched by the controlling hands of any Democratic higher ups; therefore they owe them nothing.
Unfortunately the good ol’ Democratic boys want their cronies to run. They want people whose names have been around Amherst for over 25 years. These ‘favored’ individuals have been continuously running for office whether it was political, school board or some other board which would make their name stand out.
This is exactly why we don’t need such candidates.
You may have read the comments on this site when the Republicans said they were going to endorse Shelly Schratz for the Amherst Town Board. The Republicans didn’t endorse her as they planned. Perhaps it was because of the comments made by the citizens on this site. We’ll have to wait to see if they decide to actually endorse Shelly.
Any candidate we endorse for the Town Board can’t, and must not, be connected with any of Jerry Schad’s old friends who spoke, like Abner Milk Toast and never won a seat on our Town Board.
The citizens of Amherst have had enough of good intentioned candidates who don’t win even though they have a list of clubs and civil organizations they are members of.
We Democrats have a hunger in our belly for victory. The Democrats can win the two seats on the Board, or even if there 3 seats vacant, if we work hard together and don’t believe the rhetoric that we must have someone with a well-known name on our slate.
If you believe the leader of the Democratic Committee about who the two main candidates should be, you are foolish. He only follows Dennis Ward’s drum beat. Be ready to lose again to the Republicans.
The main candidates for the Town Board must be Trish, Janice Dunn’s daughter and Matt Clabeaux.
Matt is an attorney, teacher, author and a life long Democrat.
Trish has been around the Democratic world most of her life. Helping to pass out literature, ring door bells, stuffing mailers, putting up signs for candidates. She and Matt have been active Democrats who know what it means to fight hard for DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES.
I apologize for not knowing Trish’s last name. I have never called her by it. In all our years working together I have only known her as Trish.
by James Tricoli, Editor: Amhersttimes.com