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Too few city commission candidates as deadline nears

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Less than three days before the deadline, only three people have officially filed to run for one of five city commission seats opening up this fall.

Wesley Poole, Keith Grohe and commissioner Julie Farrar have turned in petitions at the Erie County Board of Elections.

Other prospective candidates have until 4 p.m. Wednesday to turn in their signatures at the board of elections.

By Aug. 22, elections officials must check the signatures to ensure they’re from eligible registered voters.

Commissioners Diedre Cole also said she will run for a second term, and resident Jeff Smith has thrown his name into the mix.

Others have circulated petitions in the city, but no one has confirmed they plan to file before the deadline.

The top four vote-getters in November’s election will fill four-year terms, while the fifth will earn the two-year unexpired term left by former commissioner Kim Nuesse, who resigned in December to accept a job as police chief in another community.

Dick Brady had been appointed to fill the vacant spot earlier this year, but he has decided not to run in November.

Poole and Smith were also finalists to fill the vacant seat, but the majority of commissioners chose Brady.

Two other commissioners, Dave Waddington and Dan Kaman, hit their two-term limits at the end of 2011.

Commissioners Pervis Brown and John Hamilton are in the second year of their four-year terms.

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