U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) is campaigning for her first full-term in office and is squaring off against Wendy Long (R).
Local residents will also be choosing a new U.S. Representative, thanks to recent redistricting that moves Chautauqua County into the NY 23rd Congressional district, which spans the southern tier of the state. In that race, voters will choose between current congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) and Nate Shinagawa (D-Ithaca).
For state office, Senator Cathy Young (R-Olean) is running unopposed for her fourth full term in that office. Meanwhile, for the state assembly seat which now encompasses all of, and only, Chautauqua County, Republican incumbent Andy Goodell (R-Jamestown) will square off against Democratic challenger Dr. Rudy Mueller (D-Lakewood).
Finally, residents will also be voting for Chautauqua County Judge, which carries a ten-year term. In that race, incumbant judge John Ward (R) will face challenger William Coughlin (D).
Other local races are also taking place in the towns of Busti, Carroll, Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Dunkirk, Harmony, North Harmony, Pomfret and Riply. The Village of Celoron also has a local race for village trustee.
Ballots for all municipalities in Chautauqua County are available at www.votechautauqua.com.