County Republican Committees endorses candidates

The Chautauqua County Republican Committee endorsed the Republican candidates for the forthcoming Nov. 5 election at their meeting May 30.

Chairman Allan Hendrickson said he is pleased with the slate of endorsed candidates, all of whom have the experience and background necessary for the respective positions they are vying for.

Vincent Horrigan is the endorsed candidate for the office of County Executive. Horrigan is a United States Air Force veteran, having served 27 years before retiring from the Air Force with the rank of colonel. He served as executive director of Southwestern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross for 13 years. He has also served as a trustee on the Bemus Point Village Board and is currently serving as County Legislator representing the Town of Ellery and part the Town of Chautauqua. Hendrickson said that Horrigan is extremely well qualified for the county executive position.

Larry Barmore is the endorsed candidate for the office of county clerk. Barmore has been an independent businessman for the past 40 years. He currently serves as a county legislator representing the Town of Gerry and part of the Town of Ellicott. Barmore is also serving as the Republican Majority Leader in the Legislature. Hendrickson said Barmore’s experience as a businessman and county legislator makes him well qualified for the position of county clerk.

David Foley is the endorsed candidate for the office of county district attorney. Foley is a third-term candidate for the position and is well qualified, having already served in that position for the past seven and one half years.

Robert Scudder is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 3 which now encompasses parts of the Village of Fredonia and the Town of Pomfret. Scudder is an independent businessman in Fredonia and is currently serving as the incumbent County Legislator representing Fredonia.

Robert Stewart is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 5 which now encompasses the towns of Sheridan, Arkwright, Villenova, Cherry Creek and part of the Town of Pomfret. Stewart is an independent businessman and currently serves as the county legislator representing the Towns of Ellington, Poland, Cherry Creek and Charlotte.

George Borrello is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 6 which encompasses the Town of Hanover. Borrello is an independent businessman and currently serves as the incumbent county legislator representing the Town of Hanover.

John Runkle is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 7 which now encompasses the towns of Portland, Stockton and part of the Town of Chautauqua. Runkle is a retired Chautauqua County Deputy Sheriff and currently serves as the incumbent county legislator representing the towns of Pomfret and Stockton.

Pierre Chagnon is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 8 which now encompasses the towns of Ellery and North Harmony. Chagnon is a retired employee of SKF and has served on the Ellery Town Board and the Chautauqua County South-Central Sewer District Board.

P. J. Wendell is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 10 which encompasses the village of Lakewood, a portion of the town of Busti and a portion of the city of Jamestown. Wendell is a teacher and wrestling coach and currently serves as the incumbent county legislator representing the village of Lakewood and the a portion of the town of Busti.

David Wilfong is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 11 which now encompasses the western side of the city of Jamestown. Wilfong is employed as a maintenance supervisor for the Cattaraugus Rehabilitation Center and is serving as the Sergeant-At-Arms for the County Republican Committee.

William Preito is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 12 which now encompasses the northeastern section of the city of Jamestown. Preito is an independent businessman and has been active in civic affairs for several years.

Mark Tarbrake is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 14 which now encompasses the towns of Charlotte, Gerry, Ellington and a portion of the town of Ellicott. Mr. Tarbrake is employed by SKF and is currently serving as the incumbent county legislator in District 10 representing the town of Ellicott and a portion of the town of Busti.

Lisa Vanstrom is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 15 which now encompasses the major part of the Town of Ellicott including the villages of Celoron and Falconer. Vanstrom is employed by the Jamestown office of the New York State Senate and serves as Councilwomen on the Ellicott Town Board. Vanstrom also serves as Chairwomen for the Town of Ellicott Republican Committee.

Ronald Lemon and Tami Downey are vying for the new Legislative District 16 which encompasses the Towns of Kiantone, Carroll and Poland. Both have served as county legislators in the past, representing the towns of Carroll and Kiantone. They will compete in a primary election Sept. 10 to determine who will be the Republican candidate for Legislative District 16 in the Nov. 5 general election.

J. Frank Gould is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 17 which now encompasses the towns of French Creek, Clymer, Harmony and a portion of the town of Busti. Gould is a retired independent businessman and currently serves as the incumbent county legislator in District 19 representing the towns of Harmony, North Harmony and a portion of the town of Busti. Gould also serves as the County Legislative Chairman.

Fred Croscut and David Himelein are vying for the new Legislative District 18 which encompasses the towns of Mina, Sherman and Chautauqua. Both are currently serving as county legislators. Croscut is an independent businessman and currently represents the town of Sherman and a portion of the town of Chautauqua. Himelein is a retired employee of Welch Foods Inc. and currently serves as the incumbent legislator representing the towns of Clymer, French Creek, Mina and Ripley. Himelein also serves as the Assistant Republican Majority Leader in the Legislature. They will compete in a primary election Sept. 10 to determine who will be the Republican candidate for Legislative District 18 in the Nov. 5 general election.

John Hemmer is the endorsed candidate for Legislative District 19, which encompasses the towns of Westfield and Ripley. Hemmer is a retired employee of the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Engineering Department and currently serves as the incumbent county legislator in District 22 representing the Towns of Westfield and Ripley.