Witte Defeats Jennings in Olean's Democratic Primary for Mayor


OLEAN, NY -- Linda L. Witte, a former Olean mayor and the city’s current Ward 1 Alderman, defeated Edward W. Jennings in the Democratic primary for mayor Tuesday.

Witte received 55 percent of the vote, and Jennings finished with 44 percent, according to unofficial voting results posted by the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections. Witte had a total of 328 votes. Jennings, a city fire captain and head of the Code Enforcement Office, had 263,

The primary results set up a rematch between Witte and incumbent Mayor William J. Aiello, a Republican who defeated her in the 2013 race for mayor.

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Other Primary Results


  • On the Conservative primary ballot, David F. Porter defeated Anne Marie Raymond for justice. Porter brought in 100% of the votes, with a total number of 7 votes.
  • For council, Robert A. Parker and James C. Hitchcock defeated Kathleen Schaeper. The three candidates were vying for two seats.
  • Parker had a total of 7 votes, Hitchcock had 6 votes and Schaeper had 1.


  • In the primary for Democratic supervisor, Mary Ann Powley defeated Michael L. Bushnell. Powley finished with 54 percent of votes, and Bushnell with 45 percent. Powley received a total of 30 votes and Bushnell had 25 votes.
  • Monroe B. Bishop received the Republican nomination for supervisor after receiving 68 votes and defeating Bushnell, who had 29 votes.
  • For Republican council, Ronald D. Brown and Douglas B. Wilson defeated Gerald P. Maerten. The three candidates were competing for two seats. Brown received a total of 67 votes, Wilson with 57 votes and Maerten with 35. 


  • Jeffrey R. Linn and Todd J. Shaw are currently tied for highway superintendent with 65 votes each. Absentee and affidavit ballots are yet to be counted.


  • Kevin M. Dougherty defeated Paul Sungenis for the Democratic line in Ward 4. Dougherty brought in 56% percent of votes and Sungenis had 41%. Dougherty had a total of 36 votes, while Sungenis had 26.
  • In the Ward 7 Independence Primary Brian J. George defeated Spencer L. Mummery.George had 79 percent of the votes, while Mummery had 19 percent. George finished with a total of 75 votes, and Mummery with a total of 18.

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