Democrats confirm Ferguson as county executive candidate

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee met recently in Mayville and unanimously endorsed county executive candidate Michael Ferguson of Fredonia to lead the party’s ticket in the Nov. 7 general election.

Currently director of marketing for Fredonia Place, a retirement community, Ferguson is a former executive and general manager for the formerly-known Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, which is now known as Northwest Arena. He was also a marketing and events director for Merritt Winery in Sheridan.

He’s a former general manager for the Jamestown Jammers and the Buffalo Blizzard professional soccer team. He serves on the board of directors of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau as well as the Chautauqua County Fair. Ferguson is also a past member of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy Board of Directors.

“I will be the choice that works for you,” Ferguson told the Democrats in accepting the nomination. “Former County Executive Mark Thomas once said, ‘I got a plan.’ Well guess what? So do I.”

County Democratic Chair Norman P. Green said, “If Chautauqua County was hiring a person to run our county day-to-day, we would ask for resumes and interview Mike Ferguson and we would hire him. I expect the voters of Chautauqua County will come to that same conclusion and will hire Mike to run our county for the next four years.”

The Democrats also endorsed the four incumbent county legislators and candidates for county legislature in five other districts. Further, they empowered the party officers to continue to seek candidates and to endorse in the remaining 10 legislature districts and for county clerk. Anyone interested in running should contact the county party at

“There are 182 elected officials up for election this fall for county, town, city and village governments,” said Green. “Many are full-time, paid positions with great benefits. Some are part-time council jobs with retirement. I encourage all job seekers to apply. We are looking for new faces and new ideas, just like Mike is offering.”