WATERLOO — The village’s 1,104 enrolled Republican voters will choose between Jack O’Connor and William White as the party’s candidate for mayor in Tuesday’s primary election.
The village’s Republican Committee endorsed White in December, even though he is an enrolled Conservative and chairman of the Seneca County Conservative Party. White submitted the required nominating petitions by the deadline.
O’Connor, a Village Board member from 2003 to 2007, has also filed petitions and will challenge White in Tuesday’s primary.
“I have the time, energy and the desire that is required to run a village. I am a lifelong resident of the village and served on the board as a trustee,” O’Connor said, noting he served as deputy mayor for two years. “Upon leaving the board, I stayed in touch with village activities by attending numerous board meetings, submitting many suggestions to the board.”
He is a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service and lives on Keli Drive.
“I will work for the people and with the people to make our village a much better place to live,” O’Connor said.
White said he is seeking the Republican endorsement as a Conservative because they share many of the same ideas, locally, statewide and nationwide.
“As the Conservative Party chairman, I have endorsed countless Republicans to serve in office because we have the same beliefs that would benefit our community the most,” he said. “I will bring my conservative values as a Republican candidate for mayor and help keep government to a minimum for our residents. My idea of minimum is low taxes, [being] less intrusive in making local laws and holding our elected officials accountable.”
As mayor he would like to improve communication with residents and make transparency a priority.
“I will work diligently with department heads to improve services at the lowest possible cost to residents,” he said. “I will work tirelessly to bring in state grant money so we receive our fair share back from taxes paid to the state.”
White is vice president for administration for the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. in Batavia. He lives on Brookside Drive.