Jan. 23—LEWISTON — A bout of appendicitis caused Sarah Waechter to miss her swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 1.
Because of that, she was not sworn in as the newest Lewiston Town Board member until before the town work session on Jan. 8. Still, she is ready for this new challenge.
"I have a lot to learn," Waechter said after the meeting. "I look forward to the learning process and I look forward to being a positive impact."
A Democrat, Waechter is taking on the seat vacated by the retired William Geiben. She was the top vote-getter this past election, beating out top challenger William Burg and earning more votes than incumbent Jason Myers.
A Lewiston resident for the past 21 years, Waechter is a mother of two daughters and self-employed. She previously served on the town planning board for the past four years and served a term on the Lewiston-Porter School Board for one term.
She has also served on the Greater Niagara Ballet Company's executive board.
Waechter loved her work on the planning board and felt she could use her skills further on the town board, feeling that community members can give back by serving in some way.
"I've always been involved with politics since high school," Waechter said. "It's just something that's always been a part of who and what I am."
Coming over from the town planning board, she feels Lewiston's zoning and building codes need to be cleaned up, with the town's comprehensive plan needing a look at as well.
Town Supervisor Steve Broderick remarked during the work session that his daughter and one of Waechter's daughters were best friends, looking forward to her being on the board.