KIANTONE - The Kiantone Democratic Party has endorsed the following candidates for Tuesday's election.
Incumbent Jeffrey Piazza has the party's support for town supervisor, while Lori Thierfeldt has the endorsement for town justice. Others receiving endorsements are incumbent Robert Carlson for highway superintendent, incumbent Melanie Hutley for town clerk and incumbent Tom Erlandson for Chautauqua County Legislature's District 16 seat.
Piazza, running for his sixth term as town supervisor, is a partner in the law firm of Hall and Piazza LLP. He attended Jamestown Community College, received a degree from the State University at Buffalo and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. Piazza served as the town attorney for three years. He is a member of the board of directors at WCA Hospital. He is a member of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, served two terms on the YMCA board of directors and three terms on the Camp Onyahsa board of directors. Piazza is a past co-chair of the Professional Division, United Way Annual Fund Drive. He resides on Prosser Hill Road with his wife, Evie, daughter, Ally and son, Billy.
Thierfeldt graduated cum laude from State University of New York at Fredonia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Law and Policy, in 1994. She received her Paralegal Certification from Duquesne University in 1995 and obtained her degree of Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 2002. She served as an intern law clerk with the Hon. Justice Joseph Gerace, Supreme Court of New York, and researched archived county clerk records to further the research for the biography of Robert H. Jackson by John Q. Barrett of St. John's University, School of Law, New York City. She joined Burgett & Robbins, LLP, in January of 2004. She worked at Cipriani & Werner, in Pittsburgh, for four years - performing both paralegal and law clerk functions, and finally as an associate attorney focusing her practice in general insurance liability litigation. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association and New York Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in all New York and Pennsylvania State Courts, as well as the Third Circuit. She has lived in Kiantone for more than 10 years with her husband, Timothy Strickland, and two daughters, Madelyn and Mara.
Carlson graduated from Frewsburg Central School and attended Hewes Center, specializing in heavy equipment operation, maintenance and management. He was selected to attend Boys State in 2005 and worked for Stillwater Feeds part time for eight years. Carlson worked for Kiantone Highway Department part time from 2005 to April 2013 and was the manager of Allegheny Whitetails deer farm for six years. Carlson owned a lawn landscape business for 10 years and was the owner of Hidden Whitetails Business. Carlson is a member of Kiantone Fire Department, Town and County Highway Superintendent Association and Carroll Lodge 1147 F&AM. He resides on Riverside Road.
Hutley is seeking her fourth term as town clerk. Since her election to the town clerk position in 2007 she said she has had a great learning experience. She strives to have office hours accessible to Kiantone residents and addressing their concerns in a timely manner, allowing evening hours so residents may attend to their town business.
With just 12 office hours available every week, accessibility has been utmost; residents can get their hunting, fishing, dog licenses, transfer station permits, marriage licenses, assistance with genealogy research and applications for building permits. She works with the Assessors' Office, Chautauqua County Real Property Tax Department, Zoning Code enforcement officer, town bookkeeper, board of review, planning, zoning, and town board members, dog warden and highway superintendent. She said she is grateful having been able to work over the years with the two highway superintendents whose assistance has made her job easier.
The town clerk's position includes organizing zoning board of appeals and town board meetings, publishing legal notices and public hearings in the newspaper, preserving records and updates for Kiantone website materials. Residents get informed of Hunter Safety Courses are free rabies clinics in the area with the town bulletin boards.
A former over the road truck driver, she has extensive computer skills, accounting background, a Notary Public, and now owns and operates a local business in the community.
Erlandson, incumbent in the Chautauqua County Legislature, is running for the new District 16 seat. A lifetime resident of Chautauqua County, he has served three terms in the legislature and one term on the Ellicott Town Board. He has also served on the County Parks Commission, 33 years; Chautauqua Water Quality Task Force; Chautauqua Lake Management Commission; South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts Board; Allegany Regional Park Commission; DEC Region 9 Fish and Wildlife Management Board. He is a retired JCC professor, 27 years. He resides in Frewsburg with his wife, Mary. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.