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Petitions Filed In Legislature Elections
July 20, 2011 - Dunkirk OBSERVER
Posted by Nicholas L. Dean
Petitions have been filed for this fall's County Legislature elections.
The unofficial list was released Wednesday by the county Board of Elections.
Some names on the list are somewhat of a surprise to see while others are conspicuously absent.
Though the deadline to turn in petitions to be on the ballot this fall has passed, it's still possible to get a name on the ballot this November.
Candidates can still be nominated by way of caucuses, nominating certificates and independent nominations under various deadlines between now and Oct. 4, according to Norman P. Green, county Democratic Election Commissioner.
As it stands, 18 legislators look to be running unopposed. Of those, a total of 15 are incumbents.
The county's former public defender will square off against the village of Fredonia's former mayor for the District 25 seat.
Billy Coughlin filled petitions on the Democratic and Independence Party lines for this fall's election, while Michael Sullivan submitted a petition for the Republican line. The District 25 seat, which covers a portion of the village of Fredonia, is being vacated by Democrat John Gullo.
Minority Leader Rudy Mueller, D-Lakewood, looks not to have submitted a petition for his District 18 seat. The only petition to have been submitted for District 18, which covers the village of Lakewood as well as a portion of the town of Busti, appears to have been submitted by Paul Wendel Jr. on the Republican line.
Today's edition of The Post-Journal featured an article about Scot Stutzman, I-Jamestown, choosing not to run for re-election. Only one candidate appears to have submitted petitions for his District 14 seat, Michael Haddad on the Republican and Conservative lines.
Former Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat Tyler submitted a petition for the Dist. 10 seat formerly held by Wally Huckno. Tyler ran against Mark Tarbrake for the seat two years ago and appears to be running against him again this fall, though now Tarbrake is the incumbent Republican candidate. Tarbrake submitted only a petition on the Republican line while Tyler submitted for the Democrat, Conservative, Working Families and Independence Party lines.
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