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Dunkirk mayor will face Councilman-at-large Rosas in Democratic primary

Mayor A.J. Dolce will face Councilman-at-large Wilfred “Willie” Rosas in the Democratic primary for mayor after Rosas picked up the backing of the city’s Democratic committee.

Dolce has Working Families Party endorsement and Rosas will be listed on the Independent Party Line on the ballot in November.

There will be some changes on the Dunkirk City Council. First Ward Councilman Michael Michalski decided not to seek re-election. Donald J. Williams has filed petitions for Democratic and Working Families endorsement.

Martin Bamonto has filed for the council seat in the second ward with Democratic and Working Family endorsement. The seat has been held by William Rivera who is seeking election to the county legislature representing District One.

Rivera has two lines with the Democratic and Working Families. He will be in one of the seven contested races among the 19 county legislators.

Kevin Muldowney will be on the Republican, Conservative and Independent party lines. Muldowney is a former councilman in Dunkirk.

The two will be running for the seat currently held by Keith Ahlstrom, who is the most senior member of the legislature.

Shaun Heenan (R,C), the incumbent legislator in District 2 in Dunkirk, also has competition. He will face Robert Bankoski on the Democratic and Independent lines.

District Three Incumbent Robert Scudder (R,C,I) also has competition from a Democratic challenger Wayne Dorler who also has the Working Families Line.

The incumbent Legislator Janet Keefe from Fredonia has decided not to seek re-election in District Four. Christine Starks has no competition for the position and endorsement from the Democratic and Working Families.

Terry Niebel (R,C, I), incumbent in District Five, has a challenger, Martin Anderson, on the Democratic line. The area is in the town of Sheridan.

John Runkle has also opted out of re-election. Two candidates – David Wilkinson (D,W,I), from Cassadaga and Mark Odell (R,C), from Brocton – will seek election in district seven.

District 12 has two familiar names as Elizabeth Rankin (R,C) will face Beth Kresge (D,W,I) again. Rankin won by a very slim margin in a special election last fall.

Frank “Jay” Gould (R,C), who serves as chairman of the legislature and represents District 17, will be challenged by John Suroviec, who filed a petition to be listed on the independent line.

Jamestown voters will also see a primary. The Mayor Samuel Teresi (D,I) is unopposed, however George Spitale and Gregory Rabb are both seeking the Democratic line for councilman-at-large.

The November ballot will include several village races, including Fredonia, where the seat vacated by Janelle Subjack will be filled. Kara Christina is the only candidate who has filed a petition to fill the seat. She will be on the Working Families line.

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