The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee announced on Tuesday that District 12 candidate Margaret “Peg” Cornell declined her party’s nomination to run for that seat, which covers the north side of Jamestown. The seat is currently held by Republican Elisabeth Rankin, who is seeking reelection.
As WRFA noted Tuesday, that race was to be the only contested race taking place in the greater Jamestown area before Cornell’s announcement. It was also only one of seven contested races expected for November. Unless Democrats can find a replacement, the number of contested races will drop down to just six out of 19.
The Jamestown Democratic Committee is continuing to accept applications to run for the $9,000 per year job, regardless of personal party affiliation. The Committee to Fill Vacancies will be meeting Thursday in Jamestown in hopes of identifying a replacement.
Anyone in District 12 interested in running for the seat is asked to contact city Democratic Chairman Jim Walton by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or County Democratic Chair Norman Green at email@example.com.