OLEAN, NY – Olean residents James J. Snyder Jr., a Republican incumbent, and Kip A. Morrow, a Republican challenger, won the two seats for District 7 in the Cattaraugus County Legislature.
Eric Firkel, a Conservative challenger, and Anthony Costa, a Libertarian challenger, lost. Neither of them actively campaigned.
Dan Hale, who held one of the seats, did not seek re-election.
Snyder, who said he will be serving his last term, has been a District 7 legislator for eight years. He said he plans to ensure maintaining Cattaraugus County roads and to help improve county budgeting.
Snyder expected to win the election.
“This area is strongly Republican and there were no Democratic challengers. There wasn't a contest,” Snyder said.
And Snyder noted an overall “large Republican sweep” in the general election in Cattaraugus County.
Morrow, who works as a foreman at National Grid US, has no previous political experience.
He said he intends to help support local business and increase the county government’s transparency.
Morrow said he also expected a victory.
“This isn’t make-or-break. And I’ve had a lot of support,” Morrow said.
However, he expects adversity in the future.
“I know I’m the odd man out," he said. "I’m new, and I’m nonpolitical. It’s probably going to hinder my success, but I’m not changing.”
To celebrate and congratulate his peers, Snyder went to a Republican gathering in Olean on election night.
Meanwhile, Morrow went to the polling site at the Portville Masonic Temple to view the results. He had said he had no plans to celebrate that night.
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