Chautauqua County Attorney Andrew Goodell is the endorsed Republican candidate for county executive.
In a GOP nominating convention Tuesday night, Goodell won on the second ballot after James Barney, a Shermon dairy farmer, bowed out of the contest and gave his support to Goodell.
After the first round of voting Goodell, nephew of the late U.S. Senator Charles E. Goodell, had 200 votes but needed 246 for the nomination.
Falconer Mayor Albert Mattison pulled 135 votes on the first ballot. Barney had 88 and Fredonia legislator Linda Malcolm trailed with 67. When Barney dropped out, Goodell got 295 votes, Mattison 138 and Ms. Malcolm 53.
Ms. Malcolm said she plans to challenge Goodell in a party primary.
Terry Niebel, Republican election commissioner, said he hopes the party will unite behind the winner if there is a primary election in September.
The primary winner will face Democrat R. Theodore Smith, a Jamestown Community College dean, in the November election. Smith narrowly lost to incumbent executive John Glenzer four years ago. Glenzer decided not to seek re-election.