On April 26, current Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards made an announcement that shocked just as many in the Republican party as it did the Democrats: he would not be seeking a third term.
Since then, the political landscape has been turned upside-down. We know Republican candidate Vince Horrigan, right, current county legislator from Bemus Point, will seek the county's top spot. But who will come forward for the Democrats?
A former south county supervisor was apparently the top choice until Edwards' announcement last month while only one other name - someone from this end of the county - has been bantered around.
But executive is not the only race up for grabs. Longtime respected clerk Sandy Sopak has announced she will not run again, opening the door for Larry Barmore to run for the post and has opened the door for Democratic Legislator Lori Cornell to consider a run.
In the meantime, the number of legislators will be slimming down from 25 to 19, which may lead to the exit of some longtime lawmakers who have turned their current positions into hobbies thanks to a lack of competition and disinterest in county problems by their voters.
Normally, a year without a presidential or gubernatorial race can lead to low turnout. But this year may be different. There are some new faces involved that could bring new momentum to county races.
But will these new faces bring about a reform on how the county operates? That is the big question that will not be answered until after the elections.