MAYVILLE – Voters will be selecting a new Chautauqua County executive Nov. 5 to succeed Gregory J. Edwards, who decided not to seek a third term.
The candidates are Vince Horrigan, a Republican, who currently serves on the County Legislature representing the Bemus Point area, and Ron Johnson, a Democrat from Fredonia.
There also is a race for county clerk to succeed Sandra Sopak, who has announced her retirement. The candidates are Legislators Lori Cornell, of Jamestown, on the Democratic line. and Larry Barmore, of Gerry, on the Republican line.
District Attorney David Foley is running unopposed on several lines.
Many voters have been assigned to new districts as a result of the Legislature being downsized from 25 members to 19.
Districts 1 and 2 in the northern county are represented by Democrats Keith Ahlstrom and Shaun Heenan, both of Dunkirk, who are running unopposed.
Voters in District 3 have a choice between Democrat William Coughlin and Republican Bob Scudder.
District 4, in, Fredonia, features a race between Janet Keefe, a Democrat, and Michael Sullivan, a Republican.
Voters in District 5, which covers parts of the towns of Arkwright, Sheridan, Pomfret and Villenova, will see a three-way race. Candidates are Terry Niebel, a Republican, Susan Baldwin, a Democrat, and Amy Farnham, who is running on the Working Families line. Farnham is a Council member in Sheridan.
District 6 has absorbed some new territory, and George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, is unopposed.
Villenova voters in District 7 have a choice between Republican John Runkle and Thomas DeJoe, a Democrat.
District 8 has Pierre Chagnon, R-North Harmony, unopposed, and in Jamestown, Democrat Charles Nazzaro is unopposed in District 9.
Jamestown voters who live in District 10 have a choice between Sharon Lisciandro, a Democrat, and Paul Wendel, a Republican.
Robert Whitney Jr., a Democrat, is seeking re-election in Jamestown’s District 11 and has a challenger in David E. Wilfong, a Republican.
District 12, in Jamestown, has a race between Democrat Frederick Larson and Republican Wilfred Prieto.
Paula DeJoy, D-Jamestown, is unopposed in District 13.
District 14 is represented by Republican Mark Tarbrake, who has no challenger. District 15 also has no contest, with Cecil Miller unopposed on the Republican line. Districts 14 and 15 are in the Town of Ellicott.
Thomas Erlandson, a Democrat, and Ronald Lemon, Republican, are on the ballot in District 16, in the Town of Poland.
Jay Gould, R-Ashville, the current chairman of the Legislature, is unopposed in the new District 17.
In Sherman, District 18 has a race between Edward Carutis, a Democrat, and David Himelein, a Republican.
In District 19, John Hemmer R-Westfield, is unopposed.