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— To the editor:

As a candidate for Lysander Town Supervisor in the Republican primary election on Sept. 13, thank you for the opportunity to inform your readers that they’ll have a choice this fall. My opponent, Barry Bullis, has monopolized town politics for three decades. He’s been town supervisor since 1995. He was Republican Committee Chairman from 1982 until then. For the first time in his four terms, Mr. Bullis faces a primary challenge from a fellow Republican.

While it was no surprise that the Lysander Republican Committee chose an incumbent over me this past spring, I was pleased that some committee members did in fact vote for me. Others even abstained from voting, rather than cast their votes for Mr. Bullis.

As soon as I heard the committee’s choice, I told Chairman Mike Bishoff that I wanted to publicly debate Mr. Bullis. I even offered to let him pick the time, the place and the moderator, like this paper’s Erin Wisneski or Jim Reith of WSYR.

Mr. Bishoff said that he’d get back to me. But, he didn’t and he won’t. What does Mr. Bullis have to hide? Why does he refuse to debate me on the issues facing our town and the potential solutions to our problems? Is it because he has no solutions or because he is the problem?

Again, I request the opportunity to debate the issues with Mr. Bullis. Until then, voters won’t know why he faces this challenge for the first time from within his own party.

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