MAYVILLE – Regional Democrats are taping a young resident to serve as their candidate in a special election for state senate.
According to a media release sent out by the Democratic Committee of Chautauqua County, political newcomer Austin Morgan of Freedom in Cattaraugus County is the choice by party leadership to replace former Republican Senator Cathy Young as the 57th State Senate District representative in Albany.
The announcement comes after the County Democratic Chairs of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston met and interviewed candidates this past week.
Morgan is 22-year old Cornell University Spring of 2019 candidate for graduation with degree in Human Development. He is currently the co-president and former client manager of Cornell Productions, a student run company that employs 40-student workers.
“Morgan is 22 going on 40,” said Chautauqua County Democratic Chair Norman Green.
“Morgan will immediately have power and access as a new majority caucus member in the New York State Senate. It makes great economic sense for our region in the new reality of New York politics to elect a young man who will gain seniority in the majority over the coming
decades,” added Livingston County Democratic Chair Judith Hunter.
Green said the next task for County Democratic Committee members to circulate a qualifying designating petition to get Morgan on the ballot.
The media release also stated that the special election to fill senator young’s seat will take place on November 5 during the local general elections. The Governor has the option of choosing an earlier date for a special election for the seat but so far he has not done so.
The seat was vacated by Young earlier this month after she announced she was leaving office to take a position with Cornell University.
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is currently vying for the Republican Party’s endorsement and has already been tapped by the Chautauqua county Republican Committee.