Chairmans Message

As some of you may know, I have recently become the Chairman of the Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee. It’s a very exciting time to take over as chairman of our committee and I’m grateful to the committee members of the TTON GOP for giving me the chance to step up. 

I first started out in local politics in 2007, when I was 12 years old, helping the late Tonawanda GOP Chairman and family friend Chuck Gallagher put up lawn signs for Town Supervisor candidate Bob Newman and Town Council Candidate Gail O’Connor. Little did I know that 12 years later I’d be in Mr. Gallagher’s shoes helping run our local candidates’ campaigns.

I then got involved with the Erie County GOP in 2014, working on Assemblyman Ray Walter’s race primarily. In 2015 I was proud to work on Ray’s campaign for County Executive.

Throughout the years after, I obtained my degree from Niagara University and a job in the private sector working in the Cybersecurity field. I have had the privilege to spend my free time helping out other local campaigns.

Now, I’m taking on this opportunity with one goal in mind: to bring back bipartisan government to the Town of Tonawanda. I’m not in this for me, I’m in this for the community that I have lived in my whole life (by the way, I don’t get paid nor do I wish to be compensated for this effort – it is totally volunteer time after I finish my day job). I strongly believe that one party government is bad for the taxpayers for which it was elected to represent. Go to a Town Board meeting, there is no debate around resolutions, there is no conversation about the issues and the transparency is about as clear as muddy water. It’s an eye-opening experience to watch your tax dollars get spent in the blink of an eye with little to no discussion.

I urge you to get involved, volunteer and most importantly: VOTE. It is because of the hard work of our committee members and volunteers that campaigns happen. Please join our team as we work hard to bring back bipartisan government to the Town of Tonawanda.

See you on the campaign trail!

Matt Braun