LAKEWOOD – A former Chautauqua County legislator and past candidate for both the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly says she is considering a run for the State Senate seat that will soon be vacated by current Senator Catherine Young (R-Olean).
Lakewood resident and Democrat Nancy Bargar announced over the weekend via Facebook she is considering a run for the Senate Seat and has notified party officials of that intent.
Bargar served for nearly 10 years on the Chautauqua County Legislature with leadership roles first in the minority, and then in the majority.
Bargar was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2005 special election against Young to elect a successor to Sen. Patricia McGee of Franklinville, who died in office. She also ran for the Senate in 2002 and 2004 against McGee, and in 2010 lost a bid for the State Assembly against current Assemblyman Andy Goodell.
In 2015, Bargar was named Chautauqua County’s Democrat of the Year.
Under state law, the governor will have to make a proclamation for a special election and then the committee chairs for each party within the 57th Senate District will meet to select their respective candidates for the election via weighted vote.
The 57th Senate district includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties and part of Livingston County.