Two Villages Vote To Move Elections

Voters in Mayville and Forestville chose to move village elections to November at the polls Tuesday.

Mayville residents overwhelmingly chose to move elections in a vote of 135-25. In Forestville, the vote was closer, 58-27.

“Voters, to be truthful, have trouble remembering to go out and vote in March,” said Norman P. Green, Democratic election commissioner. “It’s easier to remember to go out and vote in November.”

Also in Mayville, Republican Tim Jacobson and Republican/Democrat-endorsed Richard Syper won trustee seats with 115 and 111 votes, respectively. Republican James Mayer picked up 92 votes. There were two write-in votes for trustee. Incumbent Republican/Democrat-endorsed Mayor Martin Bova Jr. ran unopposed and was re-elected with 154 votes.

“People showed up to vote for the contested race in Mayville,” Green said.

In Cherry Creek, Republican Betty Milspaw and Democrat Michael Seivert won the two open trustee seats with 40 and 33 votes, respectively. Republican George Hodges received 32 votes and Democrat Matthew West received 19 votes. Republican Mayor Bruce Fish will begin his second two-year term after winning an unopposed race with 45 votes.

In Brocton, Republican Bryan Woleben won the open village trustee seat with 86 votes. Democrat Sheila Lawrence received 45 votes.

Democrat and Westfield First-endorsed Michael Catalano and Republican and Concord-endorsed David Brooker won the two open trustee seats in Westfield with 239 and 218 votes, respectively. Republican and Concord-endorsed Rick Raynor came up just short with 211 votes. There was one write-in vote.

In Bemus Point, Republicans David Lipsey and Richard Biondolillo won unopposed trustee seats with 15 and 14 votes, respectively.

Mayor Kevin Johnson (R,D) and trustees Brian Schneider (R,D) and Gary Belote (R) were all re-elected in unopposed Forestville races with 80, 82 and 74 votes, respectively.

In Panama, Peoples Party Mayor Charles Loveless and Peoples Party Trustee Jonathan Weston were re-elected in unopposed races with 17 and 19 votes, respectively.

In Sherman, Peoples Party members Isaac Gratto (18 votes) and Mary Reyda (12 votes) ran unopposed for re-election to their trustee seats. Write-in candidate James Weise claimed the vacant trustee seat with 12 votes while Peoples Party member William Wiggers received six votes.

In Sinclairville, Tami Berg (16 votes) of the Back To The Basics party and Brian Bullard (15 votes) of the Foresters party ran unopposed for re-election to their trustee seats while Restoration Party-endorsed John Embury was elected to a vacant trustee seat with 16 votes.

Cassadaga, Falconer, Fredonia and Lakewood did not have any expiring offices and therefore did not hold elections. Celoron and Silver Creek will be holding elections in November.

In Cattaraugus County, Jeffrey Stoltenburg and Kristin Griffin won trustee seats in South Dayton with 38 and 37 votes, respectively. Robert Killock received 23 votes and Christopher Howard received 17 votes in the only local contested race in the county.

Walter Gunther and Nicki Bradley won two uncontested trustee seats in the village of Cattaraugus with 13 and 12 votes, respectively.

In Gowanda, Peter Sisti and Barbara Nephew won trustee seats with 64 and 52 votes, respectively.