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2010-04-01 / Local News

DiPietro takes aim at Volker’s state Senate seat again in the Primary

by LISA A. JOHNSON Editor

David DiPietro, a business owner, former mayor of East Aurora and WNY Tea Party Coalition organizer, announced Wednesday that he is seeking the Republican Party endorsement for State Senate in the 59th District during this year’s primary election.

DiPietro ran unsuccessfully against 30-plus-year incumbent Dale Volker in the 2008 Republican primary, but he points out that he won in both Erie County and Lancaster.

“It’s time for Dale to retire,” DiPietro said. “His fingerprints are all over Albany’s bloated budgets, high taxes and the state’s depressed economy.”

DiPietro cited his accomplishments as East Aurora mayor when discussing his qualifications for the Senate seat, including that he cut spending and helped the village downsize government, leaving office with 13 percent fewer employees by merging services with the town and the county.

DiPietro is the second challenger to emerge. In February, Primary Challenge Chairman and founder Leonard Roberto announced that he would seek the Republican endorsement as well, two weeks after Volker announced his intentions to run for re-election to a 19th term.

Volker has held seats in Albany since 1972, when he was elected to the Assembly.

In 1975, he won a special election to fill a vacant Senate seat. He has held the seat since his appointment.

The primary election is set for Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Petitions for those wishing to run for office are due in July. For more information, visit the state Board of Elections Web site at www. elections. state. ny. us.

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