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Barmore to face Brentley for Legislature seat

A Gerry businessman has announced his candidacy for the County Legislature in District 9.

Larry Barmore has been endorsed by Chautauqua County Republicans to run for the seat being vacated by Falconer's Lance Spicer. In November, Barmore will face Ken Brentley, former county director of public facilities, who has been endorsed by Democrats.

Barmore has owned Gay-Mark Tire and Wheel in Cassadaga for the past 15 years. He went to work for his father at the business in 1973.

While this is his first run for the Legislature, Barmore is familiar with the workings in Mayville. He began attending Legislature meetings five years ago when he became dismayed over how the county was being operated.

"When the opportunity came up to run for the position, several legislators asked me if I'd like to fill the position," he said. "I figured it was time to start doing something instead of complaining all the time."

In the past year, Barmore has served on the county's Planning Board. He feels he can be most effective in using his business and fiscal experience to help county government operate more efficiently.

"I have experience in handling people, making payroll and making budgets," he said. "I know how to run a business, and the county is a multimillion-dollar business."

Barmore said he also wants to work with fellow lawmakers on ways to pay for county government without overburdening taxpayers.

A third area he wants to work on is creating more jobs for the high school and college graduates who would like to stay in the area.

Barmore admitted that replacing the second-longest serving legislator in the county's history will not be easy. But Barmore said he's ready for the challenge and won't hesitate to tap into Spicer's 30 years of experience on the panel.

Spicer confirmed Wednesday that he won't seek a 16th term in the Legislature. He said he will miss working with his constituents but won't miss the campaign grind. Spicer was also Legislature chairman from 1990 to 1995.

His 30 years on the Legislature rank second only to Jamestown Democrat Joe Trusso. Trusso, who is also retiring this year, will have been on the Legislature for 36 years at the end of this year.

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