What Happened to Amherst’s Republicans?

Election Inspector Ken Tunnah, right, helps Lucille Melton cast her ballot on Election Day at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Amherst, N.Y. on Nov. 7, 2017.  (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

For as long as anyone can remember, Amherst was a reliable Republican stronghold.

Town GOP leaders are still scratching their heads, trying to figure out what went wrong on Election Day 2017. Democrats surprised many by sweeping the Amherst races for supervisor and two Town Board seats, resulting in what will be an all-Democratic board on Jan. 1 for the first time in at least a half century.

“We are regrouping,” said Joseph P. Heins, the town Republican Committee’s campaign manager. “We’re going to do a full analysis of all this and make sure we get to the bottom of what really happened.”

One thing is for certain: November’s results marked the culmination of a decades-long sea change in Amherst’s political landscape.
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One Response to “What Happened to Amherst’s Republicans?”

  1. Sam says:

    They still don’t get it. Look at all the excuses. The real answer is the people are informed and fed up with being ignored while the developers with deep pockets, give thousands to these losers in hopes of maintaining the status quo of urinating on residents.

    It is that simple. The people have spoken. It is time to rid the town of the developers’ p_m_s and wh_r_s (elected and appointed).