It was a battle between a former Fredonia mayor and the wife of current Mayor Stephen Keefe, and unofficial election results show Janet Keefe to be the winner of the seat for the Chautauqua County Legislature's District 4.
Keefe, who ran on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines, received 450 total votes, which translates into 57.1 percent. Michael Sullivan, who ran on the Republican and Conservative lines, received 338 votes, or 42.9 percent.
The legislator-elect was ecstatic when she found out the results Tuesday evening at Coughlin's Pub in downtown Fredonia.
OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox
Democrat Janet Keefe (far right) celebrates her victory in the race for the Chautauqua County Legislature’s District 4 seat Tuesday night at Coughlin’s Pub in downtown Fredonia. Keefe received 57.1 percent of the unofficial vote while Republican Michael Sullivan received 42.9 percent. Also pictured are friends and family of Keefe, including her husband Stephen (the current Fredonia mayor; second from left, in front).
"I'm very pleased and I want to really, really work hard for my constituents and I want to make them happy with their choice," Keefe said. "I want to thank my husband and my family and all of my friends and everyone who voted for me and supported me."
Keefe was surrounded by friends and family, including her husband (who gave her a congratulatory kiss), at the pub as the election results came in.
"One of the main issues will be saving the County Home, of course, and I think we need to create jobs in Chautauqua County," she said. "We need to work on the Start-Up NY initiative to help bring those jobs into our county, and that program will help bring businesses to areas around colleges, including SUNY Fredonia."
"The results of the election were expected," Sullivan said after finding out the results at the Liberty Food and Spirits. "It is a heavily Democratic district and I ran a campaign to address the issues. There will be another day and another contest, but the issues are still there."
"My grandson is happy because a loss means I will have more time to spend with him," he added jokingly.
"I congratulate Sullivan for running and putting his hat in the ring," Keefe said.
District 4 encompasses the northeastern half of the village of Fredonia.
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