In a crowded Town of Ontario Republican Caucus, newcomer Ben Aman overcame incumbent Frank Robusto and Terry Pickett to secure the nomination for the town supervisor role in the upcoming November ballot.
The Times of Wayne County reported that the contentious race saw more than 250 Republican voters gather at the Wayne Central Performing Arts auditorium on Wednesday. Despite no clear winner in the first count, Aman emerged victorious with 180 votes after Pickett dropped out in the second ballot.
The caucus marked a setback for Robusto, whose current term was marred by a recent “Vote of No Confidence” by the Ontario Town Board. The successful candidate, Aman, an employee of the Ontario Town Recreation Department is known for his negotiation role during pay and benefit talks with town employees.
In other caucus results, incumbent Town Clerk Shelly LaRocca retained her spot over challenger Annette Eaton. Uncontested Town Council seats were won by incumbent Joe Catalano and newcomer Kathleen Leszyk, while current Highway Superintendent Abram Boerman was reelected to his position.
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