On November 3, the citizens of the 6th city council district will decide who will represent them – a Green, an independent, a Republican, a Democrat, or an incumbent Republican running a write-in campaign.
The Green candidate is Bert Taylor, a construction superintendent who “is interested in the proposed community college.”
The independent is Steven Porter, a college professor and author who ran for Congress in 2006 as a Democrat, then denounced the party and ran a write-in campaign as an independent in 2008 for the same seat.
Porter said county officials should focus on developing wind farms and ethanol plants as alternative energy sources and should push for a high-speed rail line through Erie County.“These are things we need to do to restore our economy,” Porter said.“It’s tough to live in an area where businesses are closing and neighbors’ homes are being foreclosed on.”
Beeman’s platform — “reduce spending” — sounds like the party line.But court records — including those that show Beeman owes more than $2 million to the Internal Revenue Service — and Beeman’s own words reveal him to be an activist who questions government by flouting it.If elected to office, it appears Beeman does not want to change county government so much as dismantle it.Beeman, 60, said residents are “coming out of the woodwork” to support him.“They agree we can’t continue to live beyond our means,” he said.The party on whose ticket he is running is spending its money to ensure Beeman’s defeat.Erie County Republican Party Chairman Brad Moore is urging Republicans to support a write-in campaign by incumbent 6th District Councilman David Mitchell, who had planned on retiring from office.Moore said Beeman admitted in a July meeting with Erie County Republicans that he was a Libertarian and only sought the Republican nomination to appear mainstream.