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Rosas wins second term for city mayor

OBSERVER Photo Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has won a second term as mayor.

MAYVILLE – Wilfred Rosas has officially been re-elected as mayor of Dunkirk.

Rosas, a Democrat, and Republican-opponent Shaun Heenan were present Monday for the official counting of absentee and affidavit ballots inside the Chautauqua County Board of Elections office in Mayville.

With more than 100 additional votes considered, Rosas defeated Heenan 1,660 votes to 1,601 votes, respectively. The final results were provided by the Board of Elections’ website.

“I want to thank all of my supporters and especially my family, my wife and my children and my two brothers,” Rosas told The Post-Journal. “It was a tough election, but now that the election is over we need to unite and move the city forward. We do that by working together and making decisions that are in the best interests of the city.”

Joined by Democratic Commissioner of Elections Norm Green and Republican Commissioner of Elections Brian Abram, the mayoral candidates, alongside attorneys, combed through absentee and affidavit ballots early Monday morning.

After the votes were tallied – which Green noted were still unofficial – Rosas retained the lead he held since election night, which at the time was 1,590 votes to 1,542 votes.

Other close races were being tallied as well, including races for Falconer Village Board, Ripley Town Council, Cherry Creek Town Council and Jamestown City Council Ward 1.

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