From five to three

Primary narrows the field for November election

OBSERVER Photo by Diane R. Chodan At Blessed Mary Angela (St. Hedwig’s) Social Center on Tuesday, poll workers staff the tables for the various parties who had a primary election. All the poll workers were either Republican or Democrat.

A field of five candidates may be narrowed to three following Tuesday’s primary for Dunkirk City Court Judge. In other towns across northern Chautauqua County, northwestern Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties, candidates for the Nov. 7 election were similarly thinned.

According to unofficial results, John M. Kuzdale won the Democratic and Working Families lines in his bid for Dunkirk Court Judge.

Kuzdale received 277 of the 570 Democratic votes cast Tuesday, leading James Scott Dimmer’s 92, Rachel Roberts’ 150, Ronald A. Szot’s 47 and four write-ins. In the Working Families race, Kuzdale received six of the eight votes cast, the other two of which went to Szot and none to Roberts.

Unofficially, going up against Kuzdale will be Republican primary winner Joseph A. Price, who received 85 of the 195 total votes.

He beat out Kuzdale and Roberts, who each received 48 votes, Szot’s 10 votes and the four write-in votes. Price also took the majority of Conservative votes with 12, beating out Kuzdale’s, Szot’s and a write-in’s six, one and one respectively.

Price also narrowly took the Independence line with 18 votes to Kuzdale’s 14, Roberts’ 12 and Szot’s five.

Szot already guaranteed his spot on the Nov. 7 ballot with an uncontested Green Party bid, but he also unofficially took the Women’s Equality line with one vote to Roberts’ zero.

All totals are unofficial pending a recanvassing today and the opening of absentee ballots on Sept. 19.


In an unusual situation, incumbent Don Williams Jr. faced a primary challenge with no other name on Tuesday’s ballot. Faced with a write-in, he unofficially won his bids for the Working Families line with all seven votes cast as well as the Women’s Equality line with the singular vote cast. He also took the Independence line with 19 votes against only one write-in.

Williams will also appear as the Democratic candidate on the Nov. 7 ballot. Dennis Welka will appear on the Conservative line, but has withdrawn from the race due to health issues.


In Hanover, Philip Hall narrowly won the three-way Republican primary for Hanover Town Justice with 72 votes, according to the unofficial results. Contenders Wayne L. Ashley and Anthony Pearl received 70 and 45, respectively. Ashley will remain on the Nov. 7 ballot on the Conservative and Independence lines. Due to the close nature of the race, an updated tally to be recanvassed today and any absentee ballots to be opened Sept. 19 could affect the result.


There is no clear winner for the Republican primary for Dayton Supervisor as both candidates received 87 votes. There was one write-in vote. The face off between Angie M. Mardino-Miller and Mark A. Smith will come down to absentee ballots.


Unofficially, William Ross Moritz and Peter D. Robbins are the two highest vote getters in Tuesday’s Republican North Collins Councilperson primary race. They each received 34 and 30 votes respectively. Brandi C. Lobianco received 26 votes of the total 90 cast. There are two positions open for the Nov. 7 election.


The results for Perrysburg’s Democratic Councilperson primary and Evans’ Green Councilperson primary were not available Tuesday night because these races were for write-ins only. Official results will be available in the coming days.