Current Brant Town Councilman Donald Clark is seeking a clean sweep in receiving the backing of all parties in his bid to become the next town supervisor.
To date, he is half way to that goal, as he has received the backing of the town’s Republican and Democratic parties.
“I’ve reached out to the Conservatives and Independence as well,” Clark said. “I’m excited I got the Democratic and Republican endorsements.”
He believes this is a positive sign for the town to bring a collaboration of ideas from both parties while offering residents a “good, bi-partisan approach” to politics.
Clark, who has been a councilman for two years, has worked his way up the ranks in different functions in the town. Prior to becoming a councilman, he served on the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, including serving as its chairman.
He also served as acting supervisor a couple of years ago when Supervisor Leonard Pero was out with an illness.
“That’s basically my political career,” Clark said.
After serving on the town council for two years, he believes there are ways he can help the town improve.
This includes budgetary concerns.
Overall, Clark believes the town is in solid shape fiscally, but he sees growing challenges that lay ahead in the coming years. He sees a “tight fiscal forecast” in the years to come.
As part of the budget process, Clark believes the board needs to be aware of the fact that there are more people with fixed incomes living in Brant.
He would like to see lower taxes and more money remain in the hands of taxpayers, while having a healthy amount of reserves.
Clark is a manager at a steel plant in Blasdell, and he believes the experiences of what he has learned with his job are beneficial to what he would bring to the role of supervisor.
“I’ve always been able to manage the activities to fit the revenue,” Clark said.
If he is elected, Clark would like to see more participation from the residents at meetings.
“One major thing is having a more open forum at the board meetings,” Clark said. “It usually goes quiet.”
He said there is a public forum to speak, but that there is not much participation from residents, and he feels board members control the discussion at meetings too much.
Clark, who grew up in Angola and lived in Buffalo, moved to Brant 22 years ago with his wife Marise, who he has been married to for 36 years.
“We’ve been part of the community for a while,” Clark said, who also has four daughters and nine grandchildren.
According to Clark, becoming town supervisor was not something that he always planned to seek. He said the opportunity presented itself and he decided to run because he wanted to make a positive difference for the town.
Clark, who is also a firefighter, said he will be hitting the campaign trail beginning in June with the hope of meeting everyone he possibly can.
“Hopefully win over the support,” Clark said.
He added that one thing he intends to to is run a positive campaign, and that he does enjoy working with current board, whom he said are “a good group of people.”