LOCKPORT – Phyllis J. Green, the former City of Lockport Republican alderwoman who is seeking a comeback this year, has received the endorsement of the Democratic Party for the 5th Ward seat.
Green had previously declared she would challenge 5th Ward Alderman Kenneth M. Genewick in the GOP primary.
Green, 80, no longer gets along with the city Republican organization. She ran for mayor two years ago but lost to Michael W. Tucker in the Republican primary by 25 votes out of more than 1,100 cast.
The only other City of Lockport candidate on a list of endorsed Democrats released by the party last week was veteran 4th Ward Alderman Patrick W. Schrader, the only Democrat who currently holds elective office in Lockport.
William Fish, a former state trooper, received the Democratic nod for Lockport town justice. He will face Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak, a Republican who aims to succeed retiring Justice Raymond E. Schilling.
The only Democrat who holds a town supervisor seat in the county, James A. Riester of Pendleton, was endorsed for re-election.
The party also listed challengers for two supervisor seats: auto repair shop owner Dennis Brochey to challenge GOP incumbent Steven L. Reiter in Lewiston, and builder James P. Zetes to oppose Republican incumbent Robert B. Cliffe in Wheatfield. Cliffe, however, is expected to face a GOP primary challenge from Thomas J. Larson.
The Democrats named Judy Blake and Shirley Joy as candidates for the Wheatfield Town Board and tapped incumbent Edward P. Harman and Arlene Zarnecki to run for the board in Pendleton.
In the Town of Niagara, the Democrats endorsed incumbents Marc M. Carpenter and Charles F. Teixeira for council seats, and also nominated veteran Justice John P. Teixeira.
The Democrats’ North Tonawanda slate of challengers includes Joshua E. Dubs for city attorney; Beverly Loterman for alderman at large; and ward alderman candidates David Kelly in the 1st Ward, Kimberly A. Robertson in the 2nd Ward and Darlene Robertson in the 3rd Ward. Kimberly Robertson lost a bid for an at-large seat two years ago.