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Election 2015: Key Races in Area Communities

By Jann Wiswall

There may not be a presidential election this year, but that doesn’t mean voting in next week’s election isn’t important. In small communities in particular, elections often come down to a single vote. So yours might be the most meaningful vote cast all day.

Here is a rundown of your ballot selections in all of the Ellicottville Times’ official towns. To view sample ballots for any town in Cattaraugus County, visit www.cattco.org/news and click on “View Sample Ballots for the 2015 General Election.”

State Supreme Court Justice

All voters may vote for two State Supreme Court justices. Both candidates, Frank A. Sedita, III and Emilio L. Colaiacovo, are listed with the Democratic, Republican and Conservative parties. Colaiacovo is also listed with the Reform party.

County Elections

All Cattaraugus County voters may vote for their next county clerk and county coroner.

For County Clerk (vote for one)

Alan Bernstein, Democrat/Conservative

Michael M. Brisky, Republican/Independence/Reform

Brittany N. Melfi, Working Families/Women’s Equality

For County Coroner

Howie T. VanRensselaer, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform

Town of East Otto

Polling Place: East Otto Town Hall, 9014 East Otto-Springville Rd., East Otto

East Otto voters will elect two county legislators, the town justice and two town councilmembers.

For County Legislators (vote for two):

Edward R. Arnold, Democrat/Working Families

Richard F. Helmich, Jr., Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform

Joseph F. Boberg, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform

For Town Justice (vote for one):

Joseph F. Schwab, Jr., Democrat

Dennis W. Young, Republican/Reform

For Town Councilmembers (vote for two):

Courtney M. Parks, Democrat

Sidney L. Barber, Democrat

David P. Forster, Republican/Reform

William B. Spors, Republican/Reform

Town of Ellicottville

Polling Place: Ellicottville Fire Hall, One Lyn Weishan Dr., Ellicottville

In Ellicottville, voters have the opportunity to elect two county legislators, the town supervisor, the town justice and two councilmembers.

For County Legislators (vote for two): 

Karen R. Fenner, Democrat/Working Families/Women’s Equality

William H. Weller, Sr., Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform

Donna M. Vickman, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform

For Town Supervisor (vote for one):

Matthew J. McAndrew, Democrat/Conservative

John A. Burrell, Republican/Independence/Reform

For Town Justice:

John L. Karassik, Republican/Reform

For Town Councilmembers (vote for two)

Kenneth D. Hinman, Republican/Reform

Gregory J. Fitzpatrick, Republican/Reform

Town of Great Valley 

Polling Place: District 1: Killbuck Volunteer Fire Hall, 3790 Killbuck Rd., Killbuck; District 2:  Great Valley Town Hall, 4808 Route 219, Great Valley

Great Valley voters have the opportunity to elect their next county legislators, town supervisor, town clerk, town justice and town highway superintendent. In addition, they will elect two councilmembers for full terms and one councilmember to fill a vacant position on the board.

For County Legislators (vote for two):

Carmen Vecchiarella, Democrat/Working Families

Susan Labuhn, Democrat/Working Families/Independence/Women’s Equality

David M. Koch, Republican/Independence/Reform

Dianne M. Ball, Republican/Reform

For Town Supervisor(vote for one):

Daniel J. Brown, Democrat

Gary E. Howe, Republican

For Town Clerk (vote for one):

Toni Evans, Democrat

Lindsey R. Coburn, Fair Tax

For Town Justice (vote for two):

Peter Stokes, Democrat/Conservative/Independence

Scott D. John, Republican/Conservative/Independence

For Town Councilmember (full term, vote for two):

Gerald C. Musall, Republican/Conservative/Independence

Lori L. Finch, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform

For Town Councilmember (to fill vacancy, 2-yr. term, vote for one):

Rebecca Kruszynski, Democrat

James K. Johnston, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform

For Superintendent of Highways (vote for one)

John J. Jack Harrington, Democrat/Conservative/Independence

Clarence A. Bickell, Republican

Town of Mansfield

Polling Place: Mansfield Town Hall, 7691 Toad Hollow Rd., Mansfield

Mansfield residents will vote for two county legislators, town supervisor, town clerk, town justice, two town councilmembers and highway superintendent.

For County Legislators (vote for two):

Karen R. Fenner, Democrat/Working Families/Women’s Equality

William H. Weller, Sr., Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform

Donna M. Vickman, Republican/Conservative/Independence/Reform

For Town Supervisor:

Robert C. Keis, Sr., Republican/Independence/Reform

For Town Clerk:

Betty Jane Horning, Republican/Independence/Reform

For Town Justice (vote for one):

Gerard R. Stokes, Democrat

Dale W. Baldwin, Republican/Independence/Reform

For Town Councilmembers (vote for two);

Ronnie T. Dunkleman, Democrat

Nancy R. Meeder, Republican/Independence/Reform

Robert A. Schmidt, Republican/Independence/Reform

For Highway Superintendent:

Bradley D. Hurley, Republican/Independence/Reform

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