MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Democrats have their candidate for county executive, but are still working on finding individuals who want to run for several other local offices in the 2017 General Election, including Chautauqua County Clerk.
Democratic Party Chairman Norman Green says the County Democratic Committee met Saturday morning in Mayville and unanimously endorsed Mike Ferguson (D-Fredonia) as county executive candidate.
Ferguson announced on Thursday his intention to run for the office in the Nov. 7 general election.
Party members also endorsed the four incumbent members of the Chautauqua County Legislature (Chuck Nazzaro – District 9, Jamestown; Paul Whitford, District 13, Jamestown; Robert Bankoski, District 2 – Dunkirk, Christine Starks, District 4 – Fredonia) and candidates for county legislature in five other legislature districts. The names of the five other legislators wont be immediately released by the committee, which will instead give each candidate an opportunity to announce their own candidacy.
In addition to the nine legislature endorsements, here are ten other districts in the county legislature currently held by Republicans that still don’t have a challenger from the Democratic Party. In addition, the party is also still trying to find a candidate to run for Chautauqua County Clerk, an office currently held by Republican Larry Barmore.
Green said there are a total of 182 offices up for election in November, so anyone interested in running at any level should contact the county party at firstname.lastname@example.org