Democratic and Republican primaries for Ward 4 alderman in the City of Olean highlight the June 22 Primary contests in Cattaraugus County.
Primary voting will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to Board of Elections Commissioners Cortney Spittler and Kevin Burleson.
Absentee ballots are widely available under COVID-19 protocols. There is an application form on the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections website — www.cattco.org — or on the New York State Board of Electioins website. Voters can request an absentee ballot up until the day before the election.
Two towns — Dayton and Freedom — have primaries for supervisor and five towns — Ashford, Dayton, East Otto, Freedom and Portville — have highway superintendent primaries.
In Olean’s Ward 4, Alderman Steve Barnard, a Republican appointed to the seat after former alderman Kevin Dougherty resigned last year to take a job with the city, did not seek a full two-year term.
Democrats Ezra L. Johnson and Sonya M. McCall are facing off in a primary to run for the Ward 4 seat in November against the winner of the Republican primary between David F. Paone and Linda M. Edstrom, a former alderman and county legislator.
McCall is also running on the Working Families Party line in November and Johnson is running on an independent line. Edstrom has secured the Conservative Party line.
A rundown of town primaries follows:
Republicans Shawn M. Lafferty and Keith R. Butcher are vying for a two year vacancy as highway superintendent. Butcher was appointed to the post after the resignation of Tim Engels in December 2020. Butcher will also appear on the Conservative line. There is no Democratic candidate.
In Dayton, Supervisor Angie M. Mardino-Miller and Mark A. Smith are vying for the Republican nomination for a two-year term as supervisor. Mardino-Miller is also running on the Conservative Party line. There is no Democratic candidate.
Town Clerk Ruth V. Bennett is being challenged in a Republican primary for a two-year term by Jacqueline M. MacDonald. There is no Democratic candidate.
Three candidates are running for two councilman seats for four-year terms in the Republican primary. They are incubent Christine M. Rupp, David J. Kohler and Donald L. Bartlett Jr. Rupp is also in the Conservative line in the November election.
Highway Superintendent Thomas J. Chupa is being challenged in the Republican primary by former highway superintendent Brian J. Taber. Chupa is running on the Conservative line in November.
Highway Superintendent Thomas M. Benz is being challenged in a Republican primary by Michael D. Grey for a four-year term as highway superintendent. Benz is also running on the Democratic and Conservative lines.
There are four candidates in the Republican primary for two councilmen seats with four-year terms on the Farmersville Town Board.
They are: incumbent Pamela J. Tilton, Douglas M. Thompson, Dale E. Scurr and James P. Karaszewski. Tilton and Scurr are also on the Democratic line in November and Karaszewski and Thompson will be on the Conservative Party line.
Two Freedom town councilmen — on opposite sides of the local wind turbine controversy — are running in the Republican primary for town supervisor to succeed Randy Lester, who did not seek re-election. It is for a four-year term. Lester is running for a councilman’s seat in November.
Councilman Dustin Bliss, who is in favor of the Alle-Catt Wind Farm project and has turbine leases on his property, is also running on the Democratic line in November, while Councilman Geoffrey Milks is also on the Conservative line.
Also in Freedom, Highway Superintendent James B. Haggerty is being challenged in a Republican primary by Russell G. Rhoads for the four-year post. Haggerty is also on the Democratic line in November.
There are three candidates in the Republican primary for two seats for a four-year term on the Little Valley Town Board. The candidates are inclubent Holly R. Urbanski, Timothy J. Zimbardi and Jerry A. Titus II. Urbanski and Titus are also on the Conservative line in November.
Highway Superintendent Todd J. Shaw is being challenged by Ryan W. Hatch in a Republican primary for a four-year term as highway superintendent. Shaw is also listed on the independent Right To Work Party in November.
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