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Horrigan defeats Johnson for top post

November 6, 2013

By KATIE ATKINS OBSERVER Mayville Bureau Vince Horrigan responded to a crowd of cheering voters at an election-night gathering inside Republican headquarters Tuesday in downtown Jamestown....

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Nov-06-13 11:11 AM


I agree, although I would say the whole CCH thing is basically the but one symptom not the cause, but the root cause was the first item you mention which is government spending.


To the income Exec, being from the same party as the outgoing will likely make the transition much smoother and faster, but when stepping into that position it's going to take you some time to wrap your hands around it no matter what.

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Nov-06-13 11:05 AM

Horrigan/Johnson/Barmore ran a clean campaign and kudos to them. Cornell did not as she stated on the radio. I don't think the remark about tire changer was too professional but thank the good Lord she LOST. I think the home should be sold but I voted for Johnson because Horrigan will carry on as in the past. He needs to figure out what the problems of the County are. What was he doing as a Legislator.....sleeping? Johnson would have been new eyes and maybe just maybe he could have accomplished something. As for the Home want to or not if not sold it will eventually go belly up especially if the County sticks to no IGT funds.

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Nov-06-13 10:09 AM

As others have said, this was a clean campaign and it appears the best people for the job won. Unfortunately, this cannot be said at the other end of our state, where the insanity prevailed and the largest city in the country elected a communist mayor. What the heck is wrong with people?!?!

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Nov-06-13 10:09 AM

Ah yes, JOB CREATION, the mantra of all politicians, who get away with it because their supporters are too stupid to ask a simple question, "HOW!?" So far, all I've seen is an election predicated on eliminating jobs and/or lowering the standard of living for some of those still working. Yes, I'm anxious to watch what develops in the next 2 years myself. Oh, and by the way, there's been a Republican majority running the county for a LONG TIME! The only change is in the SUPER MAJORITY needed to sell the County Home. Why is everyone expecting change? Oh, I forgot, it's all of those one-issue people speaking out.

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Nov-06-13 9:41 AM

I don't see this as a political party victory. The race was a referendum of government spending and the county home. Common sense prevailed - at least for now. Mr. Horrigan deserves our full support in his efforts to promote job creation in the county and his efforts with the county home.

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Nov-06-13 8:37 AM

The fundamental difference in dems and rep will be shown in the next 2/4 years. Let's hope the middle class is better at the end. It is sad that our elderly must now prepare for change at the county home. I hope that the people who think selling is a good idea take a good look as we go through the process and remember all the things we were promised. We need to hold our new leadership accountable in all they do.

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Nov-06-13 8:31 AM

@FredoniaFred how do we move this county forward? what is holding us back? I think a good place to start is addressing this negative attitude that seems to permeate most comments on this site and Topix. We can't really move forward if we can't discuss issues without insults, we need intelligent discussions with balance. Otherwise it's the majority party bulldozing the opposition like Nazis. So what would move us forward? Should we buy fast food from a local restaurant instead of a national franchise chain? Or does that not even matter because the national chain pays taxes and provides jobs for residents?

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Nov-06-13 8:29 AM

The campaigns run by Horrigan and Johnson were very refreshing. They both ran a clean campaign and kept to the issues instead of mud slinging and name calling. Kudos to both men on job well done and my respect goes to each of the men. And, with my opinion of politics - that means a lot!

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Nov-06-13 8:26 AM

I'm confused. This is a Republican following a Republican. What "transition" does there need to be? A transition is a change from one direction to the next. Why does Harrington need to "figure out current challenges", didn't Edwards' team already tell him? Why does he need to talk to businesses, doesn't he already know from the years Edwards has put into it? Will Harrington be continuing the County Executive blog? I like to watch HBO's The Newsroom because they ask deep questions like this. Will the Observer ask these deep questions to find out if there is a real plan and we can hold them accountable for results? If the high cost of Govt is supposedly holding back business expansion and more jobs, will the majority Republican legislature cut business taxes? Where will the shortfall be made up? In personal taxes? Or will govt offices be closed down & people lose jobs, move away?

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Nov-06-13 8:23 AM

I agree JoeW. the election is over, lets get behind the winners and move this county forward. Johnson and Cornell ran good clean races but the people have spoken as to who they want to lead them.

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Nov-06-13 8:19 AM

Horrigan will always talk a good game, but he will do almost nothing, in effect, like his "welfare to work" nonsense: sounds good, but there are simply not enough jobs to fulfill his ideas/promises. He can neither ignore nor outflank the relentless obviousness of humble math.

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Nov-06-13 7:24 AM

This is not the time to gloat or "pile on" as they say. This is the time to move forward in lockstep to get this county up and running on all cylinders. I think that the the way Mr Johnson and Mr Horrigan conducted themselves during the campaign should serve as a playbook for all of us. It's time for rotation!(Vr)

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Nov-06-13 6:42 AM

Good Bye County Home! This is one of the best voting results this county has ever seen! The Dems who enjoy paying high taxes to keep a losing venture 'a float' must really be sharing the Kleenex today! Oh and GOOD RIDDance Cornell

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Nov-06-13 5:55 AM

Sad thing is that both Horrigan and Barmore have been legislators for how long and nothing has change. The only thing I see is that the "good old boys club" has grown.

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