LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Board of Elections ousted former Supervisor Timothy E. Demler and several of his allies from the primary ballot for party committee positions Wednesday.
Demler and nine others, including defeated 2013 supervisor candidate Thomas Larson and former town historian Charles Cederman, had Republican nominating petitions invalidated because of assorted technical errors, such as petition witnesses who don’t live in the county. Two of the candidates did not file a sufficient number of signatures, even before challenges were filed by the town’s GOP regulars.
Among those gathering invalid signatures for the Demler forces was Gia A. Arnold, the Republican State Senate candidate from Orleans County. Arnold said she was asked to carry petitions for the non-endorsed candidates by David Lee, one of the ousted committee candidates, whom she described as a friend of hers.
“I believe in choice,” Arnold said. She said Demler “is not a part of my campaign.”
On the Democratic side in Wheatfield, Thomas Stevenson and Joseph W. Swartz were kicked off the primary ballot for a committee seat because of illegible signatures and failing to include the name of the town on the heading of their petition.