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R'dam supervisor race takes shape

"I think that it is going to unfold moving into the later part of March moving into April," said Brian Quail, chairman for the county Democratic committee regarding the endorsements. "It is my understanding that a number of people have been talking about it."

County Legislator and Rotterdam Democratic Chairman Tony Jasenski said many letters were received from interested candidates. He said the selection process is just beginning to unfold.

Jasenski said the committee has received a letter from Del Gallo seeking endorsement but hasn't spoken to him personally about the election.

Buffardi said Jasenski had contacted him about running for the position.

"I do have an interest in Rotterdam, I am a Rotterdam boy, and I have been paying attention to local Rotterdam politics," said Buffardi. "I think I can bring leadership and experience to that position if I was to run for it. As former sheriff, I had to deal with many difficult personnel matters. I have had experience making difficult decisions and acting on those difficult decisions."

As a casual observer to the town's government, he said he observed conflicts in economic development, and more time has been spent on disputes than more important matters.

"I don't know if party politics is the most important issue here. It is about collectively doing what is best," said Buffardi.

Democratic board member Wayne Calder also agreed there is a lot of in-fighting on the Town Board.

Although Calder's name has been mention in connection with a run for supervisor, he said he is only thinking about if he will run for his recently elected board seat.

"My view is I do care about the community, and I wanted to find the best fit for myself," said Calder. "I don't think there is going to be a lack of candidates for supervisor."

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