Six men are vying for three seats on the Alden Village Board, with all three incumbents running for re-election.
The incumbents include Angelo Daluisio, an appointee who is running for his first full term; Theodore “Ted” Mezydlo, who has been a trustee for 15 years; and Daniel J. Warmus Sr., who has served as a village trustee since 2008.
They are being challenged by Alden School Board President Paul Hutschenreuter, sheriff’s department retiree Robert D. Overhoff Sr. and former trustee and mayor Michael A. Retzlaff.
Village elections will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 3336 Broadway. All candidates are running for four-year terms.
Hutschenreuter, 44, a project manager for Zoladz Construction, is running on the Taxpayers Party line. He has served on the Alden School Board for 13 years.
He named his campaign priorities as reducing taxes, controlling spending and accountability. He also cited his experience dealing with $25 million school budgets.
“I have been part of a board that has had to make difficult decisions regarding spending and reductions during these difficult financial times,” he stated. He said nothing prevents him from serving on both boards.
Retzlaff, 46, principal at Springville Griffith Middle School, is running on the Citizens Party line. As a former trustee and mayor, he said, he’s submitted eight balanced budgets, obtained grants and lowered the tax rate.
“I took pride in working with the other board members and employees to achieve many positive initiatives,” he stated.
If elected, his priorities would include building relationships with stakeholders to deliver services efficiently, working to consolidate services with the town and school district when practical, and staying within the state tax cap.
Overhoff, 75, a retiree from the county sheriff’s patrol division, is running on the Independent Party line. He said he’ll be an independent voice for the residents.
“I have never been, and never will be, a yes man,” he said.
Overhoff listed his priorities as public safety, stronger resident representation and greater availability to address resident concerns.
Daluisio, 64, a retired teacher who works as a part-time building trades instructor with Erie 1 BOCES, is running on the Accountability Party line.
He has lived in the village for 4½ years.
His priorities include responsibly developing and growing the business community, maintaining fiscal integrity and responsibility, and promoting government transparency.
“Being a relatively new resident of the village, having no prior political connections and seeking my first election, I would bring a nonpartisan approach to government, no political pretensions and a commitment to the residents,” he said.
Longtime board veteran and retiree Mezydlo, 77, is running on the Citizens Party line. Among his accomplishments he cites the village’s receiving major grants for street, sidewalk and waterline upgrades.
If re-elected, he said, he would work to keep taxes at a minimum, continue providing services at the lowest possible cost and upgrade the village’s infrastructure and sewer plant.
He said his “experience and knowledge of what the goals are for our village” set him apart from his challengers.
Warmus, 53, a health care manufacturing engineer, has previously served as town supervisor.
He is running on the Accountability Party line. He said he has kept village taxes in check and has supported infrastructure improvements and emergency response vehicle and equipment purchases.
He said his priorities include avoiding a village tax increase, working to reduce energy consumption and keeping an open and constructive dialogue with residents and other agencies.
“I’m not running on hidden agendas or power grabs,” he said. “Never have and never will.”