Meet the Candidates sessions scheduled this month

The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County invites the public to attend three events to meet the candidates for local and countywide positions and the Chautauqua County Legislature.

The first event, jointly sponsored with the James-town chapter of the Ameri-can Association of Univer-sity Women, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Prendergast Library in Jamestown. There the audience will be able to question candidates for County Executive and County Clerk, and candidates for the Legislature from the new districts 10,11, 12, 15, and 16.. The candidates for County Executive are Vincent Horrigan and Ronald Johnson; for County Clerk, Larry Barmore and Lori Cornell.

Among the candidates for the Legislature are incumbents and new faces: Sharon Lisciandro and Paul Wendel Jr. in District 10, Robert Whitney and David Wilfong in District 11, Frederick Larson and William Prieto in District 12, Samuel Ognibene and Lisa VanStrom in District 15, and Thomas Erlandson and Ronald Lemon in District 16.

The second Meet the Candidates event will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, at the Courtroom in City Hall in Dunkirk. On the platform will be the candidates for County Executive and County Clerk. Since there are no contests for the legislative districts in Dunkirk, the audience will have the opportunity to question the candidates for Countywide office in depth.

The final Meet the Candidates session will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the courtroom on the third floor of Village Hall in Fredonia, where the contestants will be candidates for the Countywide offices and also candidates for the new legislative District 3, William Coughlin and Robert Scudder, District 4, Janet Keefe and Michael Sullivan, and District 5, Susan Baldwin and Terry Niebel. Also in Fredonia, competing for two seats on the Pomfret Town Board will be Brett Christy, Christopher Schaeffer and John Sedota.

As is well known, the League and AAUW time-keepers are strict about keeping the candidates’ statements brief so that many members of the audience can ask questions. Candidates are also encouraged to question one another in true debate form. In this election, quite a few of the candidates are relatively unknown to the public or to voters in the newly defined districts, so it is all the more important for voters to inform themselves of their views. It is to be hoped that all three Meet the Candidates forums will attract lively audiences. As always, all three events are free and open to all.