LEWISTON – Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry C. Collesano threw his hat into the ring at the Republican caucus Tuesday night and was handily nominated for re-election by a three to one margin.
However Collesano is expected to face two independent party challengers in the June 17 general village election. Three Republican trustees will seek re-election, but they are unopposed at this time.
There will be no Democrats on the ballot after a snafu disqualified two Democratic candidates. Their party improperly filed notice of their caucus last week.
Jaime L. Symmonds and Jacqueline W. Lampman had sought the endorsement for mayor with Symmonds edging out Lampman. But the results were deemed invalid last week. Both said on Wednesday morning that they planned to run against Collesano for mayor.
Symmonds gave it a second attempt going for the Republican party nod in Tuesday’s caucus, but was defeated by Collesano.
Collesano, 74, a lifelong resident of Lewiston, was a village trustee for 20 years, serving as deputy mayor for 12 of those years. He is seeking a second four-year term as mayor. He is the owner of Olde Time Barber Shop on Center Street.
He said, “I think people know me by now. I’m a straight shooter and people can count on me. My forte is that I have an open mind and I listen to people – and I follow the wishes of the public.”
Collesano said a number of big projects have come through the village and said following the code book and providing ample parking was a number one priority.
“I’ve dedicated practically my whole life to the village,” said Collesano. “I’ve been working for the community for my whole life. I love it and I’d like to help the village grow and support it any way I can.”
Symmonds, 37, the owner of Angel to Apple clothing store on Center Street said she was “stunned” the day after she learned her Democratic nomination was invalidated, but said she is now gathering petitions for her own party which she has called, the “Voice for the Village” party.
“It only empowers me more,” said Symmonds a life-long resident of Lewiston.
She added, “I’m going out there and moving forward because I want to be the next mayor of Lewiston.”
Symmonds had served for over four years on the Lewiston Planning and Historical Association and is active on several community boards and working to promote the economy and wants a fresh approach on the Village Board.
“I feel like there are many items currently, or on the horizon, and I thought to really make a difference I decided to run for mayor,” said Symmonds.
Lampman, 71, is a retired registered nurse and case manager for medical and financial consulting and is a former director of nursing. Lampman is also forming an independent party.
She and her husband have owned several restaurants in the area including Ridgeview on 104, the Wilson House, and Jimmy’s in Youngstown.
“I have several agendas I want to address,” said Lampman. “One of them is the budget. There are a lot of things in the budget that need clarification.”
She she’d like the village board to seek referendums before it borrows any large sums of money that would impact the future of residents; would like to find out why water bills are so high, causing distress for many homeowners; and address the costs of having Lewiston Police patrolling for Artpark events. She suggested that Artpark pay for any overtime or provide its own park police.
The Village of Lewiston Republican caucus has also endorsed three members of the Village Board, who at this point are running unopposed for three seats, two four-year trustee position and one two-year term to fill the unexpired seat of Dennis J. Brochey who was elected Town Supervisor.
Bruce Sutherland, 67, and Victor E. Eydt, 62, are both seeking second four year terms. Daniel Gibson, 57, was appointed in January to fill Brochey’s unexpired term and is a candidate for election to fill the seat’s remaining two-year term