MAYVILLE – Election Day 2017 has arrived and by tonight most if not all the candidates around Chautauqua County will find out if they have been elected to public office.
BORRELLO VS. FERGUSON FOR COUNTY EXEC
The highlight of this local election year is the race for Chautauqua County Executive, which features George Borrello (R-Irving) and Mike Ferguson (D-Fredonia).
Borrello has touted his work as a private businessman and elected official on the Chautauqua County Legislature as reasons why residents should select him. Meanwhile, Ferguson has prided himself on being able to serve as a top administrator at a number of private and nonprofit operations, including a past GM of the Jamestown Jammers professional baseball team, the former GM of the Northwest Arena, a member of the county’s tourism board, and as current executive of the Fredonia Place skilled nursing facility.
- Listen to WRFA’s Community Matters’ Interview with Ferguson (Oct. 12)
- Listen to WRFA’s Community Matters’ Interview with Borrello (Sept. 28)
BARMORE VS LAZARONY FOR COUNTY CLERK
Another county-wide election will feature the race for Chautauqua County Clerk, where incumbent Larry Barmore (R-Gerry) will square off against former Cassadaga Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony (D-Cassadaga).
COUNTY LEGISLATURE HAS NINE CONTESTED RACES
All 19 seats of the Chautauqua County Legislature are also up for a vote, but only nine of them feature contested races. The main focus will be to see if Democrats are able to cut into the Republicans Stronghold over the legislature, where currently the GOP outnumbers its counterparts 15 to 4.
In Jamestown there are two contested races for the Legislature.
In District 11, which is the northwest portion of the city, incumbent David Wilfong (R) who’s also the county GOP committee chair, is being challenged by local businessman Frank Besse (D).
In District 12, which covers the northeast portion of the city, incumbent Elisabeth Rankin (R) will face challenger Dave Reinhardt (D).
Another local race of interest features the open seat in District 16, which is currently held by Ron Lemon (R-Frewsburg). Lemon has opted not to run for reelection and as a result, that race will feature John Davis (R-Frewsburg) squaring off against Terry Walker of (D-Kennedy). District 16 covers the towns of Kiantone, Carroll, and Poland.
Other contested races include:
District 8 – Towns of Ellery and North Harmony
- Pierre Chagnon* (R, Con, Ind – Bemus Point)
- Jeri Ann Simora (D, WF – Stow)
District 18 – Towns of Chautauqua, Mina and Sherman
- Ella Ames (D, Ind, WF, WEP – Mayville)
- David Himelein* (R, Con – Findley Lake)
District 19 – Towns of Ripley and Westfield
- Laurel Adams (D, WEP – Ripley)
- John Hemmer* (R, Con, Ind – Westfield)
District 1 – Dunkirk
- Kevin Muldowney* (R, Con, Ind – Dunkirk)
- James Palmatier (D-Dunkirk)
District 3 – Fredonia
- Robert Dando (D, WF, WEP – Fredonia)
- Robert Scudder* (R, Con, Ind – Fredonia)
District 6 – Hanover (Borrello’s current seat)
- Gary Cerne (R, Con, Ind – Irving)
- Kevin O’Connell (D, WF – Silver Creek)
Local legislators Paul Whitford (D), Chuck Nazarro (D), and Lisa Vanstrom (R) – all of Jamestown – along with PJ Wendel (R) of Lakewood, are all running unopposed.
For more information on Election Day 2017, visit www.VoteChautauqua.com.
Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m.