By ERIC SCHELKOPF - eschelkopf@shawmedia.com

Write-in candidate files for Batavia City Council's 7th Ward

BATAVIA – Steve Holland has filed to run as a write-in candidate in the April 9 consolidated election for the  7th Ward seat on the Batavia City Council.

Holland, who lives on Bird Lane, filed his paperwork Wednesday with City Clerk Heidi Wetzel. Last month, no one filed a nomination petition for the 7th Ward, where Alderman Dawn Tenuta is not running for re-election.

The Batavia City Council includes seven wards, with two people representing each ward. Candidates can file as write-in candidates until 4:30 p.m. on the 61st day before the election, which would be early February.

Tenuta, who was elected to the City Council in 2009, said she would not seek re-election for personal reasons. Tenuta said she was most proud of getting the city’s strategic plan in place and moving forward with the downtown streetscape program. North River Street was the first street to receive improvements last summer.

There will be several contested races in April for seats on the City Council. Fifth Ward Alderman Eldon Frydendall faces opposition from Steve Vasilion, and 4th Ward Alderman Jim Volk will face a challenge from Jamie Saam.

In addition, 6th Ward Alderman Robert Liva faces two challengers – newcomers Nick Cerone and Ron Rechenmacher.

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