MAYVILLE – 2015 is a local election year in Chautauqua County with several races shaping up for the 19-member Chautauqua County Legislature.
Currently, the Republicans hold a super-majority in Mayville, with 14 of the 19 seats held by the GOP. And with six GOP incumbents running unopposed, the odds are pretty slim that Republicans risk losing their majority status.
Still, county Democrats are hoping to regain a few seats by challenging six of the seats currently held by the GOP. A seventh contested race will feature two registered Democrats vying for the same seat, with the incumbent Democrat being endorsed by the GOP and Conservative parties. And an eighth contested race will feature an independent taking on the current legislature chairman.
The legislature will have at least three new members. That’s because current legislators Keith Ahlstrom (D-Dunkirk, District 1), Janet Keefe (D-Fredonia, District 4) and John Runkle (R-Stockton, District 7) will not seek reelection.
The legislature elections, which involve two-year terms for each seat, will be the only county government race in 2015. The county executive and county clerk each have two years remaining on their four-year terms.
For a complete listing of all local elections, visit www.VoteChautauqua.com.
Election day 2015 is Tuesday, November 3.
CONTESTED LEGISLATURE RACES
- District 1 (OPEN SEAT): Kevin Muldowney, R-Dunkirk; William Rivera, D-Dunkirk
- District 2: Shaun Heenan, D-Dunkirk (incumbent, running on Republican line); Robert Bankoski, D-Dunkirk
- District 3: Bob Scudder, R-Fredonia (incumbent); Wayne Dorler, D-Fredonia
- District 5: Terry Niebel, R-Dunkirk (incumbent); Martin Anderson, D-Forestville
- District 7 (OPEN SEAT): Mark Odell, R-Brocton; David Wilkinson, D-Cassadaga
- District 11: David Wilfong, R-Jamestown (incumbent); Robert Whitney, D-Jamestown
- District 12: Elisabeth Rankin, R-Jamestown (incumbent); Beth Kresge, D-Jamestown
- District 17: Jay Gould, R-Ashville (incumbent, chairman); John Suroviec, i-Clymer
UNCONTESTED LEGISLATURE RACES
- District 4: Christine Starks, D-Fredonia
- District 6: George Borrello, R-Irving
- District 8: Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus Point
- District 9: Charles “Chuck” Nazzaro, D-Jamestown
- District 10: Paul “PJ” Wendel, R-Lakewood
- District 13: Paul Whitford, D-Jamestown
- District 14: Mark Tarbrake, R-Jamestown
- District 15: Lisa Vanstrom, R-Ellicott
- District 16: Ron Lemon, R-Frewsburg