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WHEATFIELD – Sean O’Laughlin, a 37-year employee of Unifrax, announced Tuesday he is running against Niagara County Legislature Chairman William L. Ross in the 2nd District, which covers parts of Wheatfield and Lewiston.

O’Laughlin, a registered Republican, has been endorsed by the county Democratic Committee. He also will be able to oppose Ross, a registered Conservative, in a GOP primary.

“We are stuck in a rut in Niagara County, and this must be changed,” said O’Laughlin, nephew of longtime Niagara Falls Mayor Michael O’Laughlin. “My opponent has been chairman of the Legislature longer than anyone, and we have the distinction of being the second-highest-taxed county in the nation.”

County Democratic Chairman Nicholas J. Forster said, “Sean O’Laughlin is the kind of person we need to turn Niagara County around. He wants to end the good old boy system, cronyism and blind partisanship that mark the tenure of Bill Ross in Lockport.”