LITTLE VALLEY — It looks like there will be Republican primaries in June in three of the eight Cattaraugus County Legislature districts.
All 17 County Legislature seats will be filled in the November election. Republicans currently control 12 of the 17 Legislature seats.
Most Democratic candidates are also running on the Working Families Party, while most Republicans also filed Conservative and Independence party petitions.
Republicans fielded candidates in every district, although they only have one candidate in District 5 — the city and town of Salamanca and towns of Coldspring, Great Valley and Red House.
Democrats did not field any candidates in District 7 — towns of Hinsdale, Humphrey, Ischua, Olean and Portville.
Republican primaries will be in District 8 — the city of Olean; District 1 — the towns of Dayton, New Albion, Otto, Perrysburg and Persia, and District 7.
In Olean, three Common Council members — two Republicans and one Democrat — are running for District 8 County Legislature seats. Two other Democratic candidates in District 8 are former Common Council members.
Three current legislators are barred from running for re-election because they have served three consecutive four-year terms. In District 8, Republican Legislator James J. Snyder, the County Legislature chairman, and Democrat John Padlo are term-limited, as is District 3 Republican Donna Vickman of Farmersville, the majority leader.
Republican Legislator Frank Higgins is the only incumbent seeking re-election in District 8.
Higgins and three other Republican candidates — Ward 2 Alderman Kelly Andreano and Ward 7 Alderman Brian George, and Rick Smith, will vie in the June 25 primary.
The three Democratic candidates in District 8 are Ward 5 Councilman John Crawford and former Olean councilmen Adam Jester and Gerard LeFeber. Crawford also has the Conservative endorsement.
In District 7 incumbent legislators Dan Hale, R-Portville, the vice chairman, and Joseph Snyder, R-Ischua, are being challenged in a Republican primary by Eric Firkel, R-Portville, the former county attorney who resigned last month, and Kip A. Morrow, R-Portville. Firkel and Morrow also have the Independent and Conservative lines.
In District 1, a three-way Republican primary will pit incumbent legislators Richard Klancer and Andrew Burr against Constance Johnson, a Perrysburg Republican who is also running on the Democratic ticket with Mary Jo Stuhr, D-Perrysburg.
A LIST OF Democrat and Republican candidates, by district, who filed nominating petitions by Thursday’s deadline follows. A D denotes a Democratic candidate and R, Republican. An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent.
• District 1: Towns of Dayton, New Albion, Otto, Perrysburg and Persia.
Mary Jane Stuhr, D-Perrysburg; Constance Johnson, R-Perrysburg; *Andrew Burr, R-Gowanda; *Richard Klancer, R-Gowanda.
• District 2: Ashford, East Otto, Freedom and Yorkshire.
Edward Arnold, D-Yorkshire; Michael Miles, D-Freedom; *Joseph Boberg, R-Delevan; *Richard Helmich Jr., R-Delevan.
• District 3: Ellicottville, Farmersville, Franklinville, Lyndon, Machias and Mansfield.
Sharon Mathe, D-Ellicottville; Colette Schoening, D-Lyndon; *Robert Breton, R-Franklinville; Ginger Schroder, R-Farmersville.
• District 4: Conewango, Leon, Little Valley, Napoli, Randolph and South Valley.
John Hale, D-Randolph; Matthew Ring, D-Randolph; *Howard VanRensselaer, R-Randolph; *Norman Marsh, R-Little Valley.
• District 5: City and town of Salamanca and towns of Coldspring, Great Valley and Red House.
*Susan Labuhn, D-Salamanca; *David Koch, D-Salamanca; Laurie Hunt, R-Salamanca.
• District 6: Towns of Allegany and Carrollton.
*Barbara J. Hastings, D-Allegany; *Vergilio “Dick” Giardini, D-Allegany; Robert Parker, R-Allegany; Donald Benson, R-Allegany.
• District 7: Towns of Hinsdale, Humphrey, Ischua, Olean and Portville.
*Dan Hale, R-Portville; *Joseph Snyder, R-Ischua; Eric Firkel, R-Portville; Kip A. Morrow, R-Portville.
• District 8: City of Olean.
Adam Jester, D-Olean; John Crawford, D-Olean; Gerard LeFeber, D-Olean; *Frank Higgins, R-Olean; Kelly Andreano, R-Olean; Brian George, R-Olean; Rick Smith, R-Olean.
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