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Van Buren Republicans announce candidates

The Van Buren Republican Committee has endorsed the following candidates for the 2009 Town Election: Claude Sykes for town supervisor, Patricia Dickman, Ronald Dudzinski and Harold Johnson for town councilor, Edward Parks for town highway superintendent, and Edward Van Der Water for town justice.

Sykes is completing his first term as town supervisor. He is a former town councilor and retired from the village of Baldwinsville as superintendent of public works with over a total of 30 years of municipal experience and was a town of Van Buren councilor from November of 2005 until he took over as supervisor.

He was the stormwater coordinator for the village of Baldwinsville. He was a past president of the Central New York Water Works Conference and past vice president of the Onondaga County Highway Superintendent's Association.

He is a member of the New York State Conference of Mayors and was on the planning committee for their Public Works School and was state director of the New York Rural Water Association. He was a member of the American Public Works Association and the American Water Works Association. He serves on the County Executives County/Towns Stormwater Compliance Measures Committee. Sykes was also the recipient of the State Water Operator of the Year Award in 1998.

Dickman is completing her first term as town councilor and also serves as deputy supervisor and reviewed all the town's insurance contracts. She served on the Van Buren Board of Assessment Review for two years. She was mayor of Orchard Park (home to the Buffalo Bills) for 16 years and prior to that served on the village board, planning board and county boards.

Dickman has a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester, a master's degree from the University of Buffalo and is a realtor. She has a certified specialist degree and is an associate broker. From 1967 to 1982 she taught high school math. She is a member of the Optimists, Baldwinsville Garden Club, two quilt guilds, American Sewing Guild, book club, two local Red Hat Society Organizations, an usher at the Civic Center and Fairgrounds and is co-president of the Harbour Heights Homeowners Association.

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