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Chautauqua County Republican Party endorses candidates

July 12, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The Chautauqua County Republican Committee endorsed the Republican candidates for the forthcoming Nov. 5 election at a recent meeting.

Allan Hendrickson, county Republican Committee chairman, said he is pleased with the slate of endorsed candidates, all of whom have the experience and background necessary for their respective positions.

Vincent Horrigan is the endorsed candidate for the office of County Executive. Horrigan is a United States Air Force veteran having served 27 years before retiring from the Air Force with the rank of colonel. Horrigan served as executive director of Southwestern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross for 13 years. He has also served as a trustee on the Bemus Point Village Board and is serving as Chautauqua County legislator representing the town of Ellery and part the town of Chautauqua. Hendrickson said Horrigan is well qualified for the County Executive position.

Larry Barmore is the endorsed candidate for the office of Chautauqua County Clerk. Barmore has been an independent businessman for the past 40 years. Barmore is serving as a Chautauqua County legislator representing Gerry and part of Ellicott. Barmore is also serving as the Republican majority leader in the Chautauqua County Legislature. Hendrickson said Barmore's experience as a businessman and County Legislator makes him well qualified for the position of County Clerk.

David Foley is the endorsed candidate for the office of county district attorney. Foley is a third-term candidate for the position and has served as district attorney for 7 years.

Robert Scudder is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 3, which now encompasses parts of Fredonia and Pomfret. Scudder is an independent businessman in Fredonia and is serving as the incumbent Chautauqua County legislator representing Fredonia.

Robert Stewart is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 5, which now encompasses the towns of Sheridan, Arkwright, Villenova, Cherry Creek and part of the town of Pomfret. Stewart is an independent businessman and is serving as the incumbent county legislator for Ellington, Poland, Cherry Creek and Charlotte.

George Borrello is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 6, which encompasses Hanover. Borrello is an independent businessman and is serving as the incumbent legislator representing Hanover.

John Runkle is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 7, which now encompasses the towns of Portland, Stockton and part of the town of Chautauqua. Runkle is a retired Chautauqua County deputy sheriff and is serving as the incumbent legislator representing Pomfret and Stockton.

Pierre Chagnon is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 8, which now encompasses Ellery and North Harmony. Chagnon is a retired employee of SKF and has served on the Ellery Town Board and the Chautauqua County South-Central Sewer District Board.

P. J. Wendell is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 10, which encompasses Lakewood, a portion of Busti and a portion of Jamestown. Wendell is a teacher and wrestling coach and is serving as the incumbent legislator representing Lakewood and a portion of Busti.

David Wilfong is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 11, which now encompasses the western side of Jamestown. Wilfong is employed as a maintenance supervisor for the Cattaraugus Rehabilitation Center and is serving as the sergeant-at-arms for the county Republican Committee.

William Prieto is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 12, which now encompasses the northeastern section of Jamestown. Prieto is an independent business man and has been active in civic affairs for several years.

Mark Tarbrake is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 14, which now encompasses Charlotte, Gerry, Ellington and a portion of Ellicott. Tarbrake is employed by SKF and is serving as the incumbent legislator in District 10 representing Ellicott and a portion of Busti.

Lisa Vanstrom is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 15, which now encompasses the major part of Ellicott including the villages of Celoron and Falconer. Ms. Vanstrom is employed by the Jamestown office of the state Senate and is serving as a councilwoman on the Ellicott Town Board. Ms. Vanstrom also serves as chairwoman for the Ellicott Republican Committee.

Ronald Lemon and Tami Downey are vying for the new Legislative District 16 which encompasses Kiantone, Carroll and Poland. Both have served as county legislators in the past, representing Carroll and Kiantone. They will compete in a primary election on September 10 to determine who will be the Republican candidate for Legislative District 16 in the November election.

J. Frank Gould is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 17, which now encompasses French Creek, Clymer, Harmony and a portion of Busti. Gould is a retired independent businessman and is serving as the incumbent County Legislator in District 19 representing Harmony, North Harmony and a portion of Busti. Gould also serves as the Chautauqua County Legislature's chairman.

Fred Croscut and David Himelein are vying for the new Legislative District 18, which encompasses Mina, Sherman and Chautauqua. Both are serving as legislators. Croscut is an independent businessman and is representing Sherman and a portion of Chautauqua. Himelein is a retired employee of Welch Foods Inc. and is serving as the incumbent legislator representing Clymer, French Creek, Mina and Ripley. Himelein also serves as the assistant Republican majority leader in the legislature. They will compete in a primary election Sept. 10 to determine who will be the Republican candidate for Legislative District 18 in the November election.

John Hemmer is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 19, which encompasses Westfield and Ripley. Hemmer is a retired employee of the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Engineering Department and is serving as the incumbent legislator in District 22, representing Westfield and Ripley.

 
 
 

 

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