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Slow Local Primary Day Yields Few Surprises

By Jann Wiswall

Four registered Reform Party voters turned out to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to cast their votes for Senator Catharine Young. Young, who is running unopposed for another term as District 57’s NY State Senator, also is the endorsed candidate for the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties.

Please note that all results are unofficial pending certification by the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections.

Republican M. Mark Howden beat William J. Gabler to earn the Conservative Party endorsement for County Judge by a vote of 120-46. Howden has no remaining opposition, so will be the only candidate on the November ballot.

Salamanca voters opted for Democrat Joel E. Talbot (264 votes) as their candidate for Salamanca Mayor. Talbot was running against Michael R. Smith (189 votes) and Ronald S. Ball (95 votes). Both Smith and Ball were running on the Republican ticket as well.  Smith beat Ball by 110-43 in that contest.

Salamanca also held primary elections for Alderman in Wards 1, 2 and 4. John A. Hill beat Laurie A. Hunt for the Democratic slot in Ward 1 (64-40), Kisun Devon Peters-Diaz beat Dennis E. Nelson 67-53 in the Ward 2 Democratic contest and Timothy J. Flanigan bested Dianne M. Ball for the Republican slot (41-10) in Ward 2. In Ward 4, Edward J. Dry had 61 votes to Sandra L. Magiera’s 60 votes for Democratic Alderman. Dry, however, was defeated by William A. Taylor for the Republican spot on the November ballot by a vote of 15-12.

And, Salamanca voters elected Edward Gimbrone, Karen L. Gimbrone, Laurie A. Hunt and Jeffrey L. Pond, Sr. to the County Democratic Committee.

In Olean, John J. Crawford beat Otto Tertinek 3-1 in his bid to appear on the Independence line on the November ballot for Alderman of Ward 5.

And in East Otto, Republican voters put William B. Spors on the November ballot over Angela J. Sherman 45-38 to run for a one-year vacancy on the town council.

Election day is Tuesday, November 8.

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