MAYVILLE – Republican Vince Horrigan won Tuesday’s race for Chautauqua County Executive.
Horrigan beat Democrat Ron Johnson of Fredonia by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent. Horrigan had 13,858 votes to 10,926 for Johnson.
Horrigan will have a Republican majority in the new legislature made up of 19 members instead of 25.
“It is a very positive move, and tonight we celebrate and tomorrow we get to work for Chautauqua County,” said Horrigan. He said he ran on a campaign of lean government and moving people to self-sufficiency.
Horrigan, of Bemus Point, is a retired Air Force colonel, former director of the American Red Cross in Chautauqua County and has served as a county legislator.
Current County Executive Greg Edwards did not seek re-election.
Larry Barmore, a Jamestown Republican, will take over as county clerk. He had 13,458 votes to top Lori Cornell, a Democrat, with 11,139.
“I am ecstatic with the win,” Barmore said.
Both men gave up their seats as legislators to run for higher office.
District Attorney David Foley ran unopposed.