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GOP LEGISLATORS IN 3 DISTRICTS FACE PRIMARY CONTESTS

Incumbent Allegany County legislators face challenges from fellow Republicans this year in three of five districts.

No Democrats have filed petitions to run for the Legislature, said Elaine Herdman, deputy elections commissioner.

The primary election is Sept. 9. The Legislature consists of 15 members, three from each district.

Newcomer Scotty R. Burt of Scio is running against Legislators William G. Dibble of Little Genesee, Patrick F. Regan of Willing and Edgar Sherman of Little Genesee in District 3.

The district consists of the Towns of Alma, Bolivar, Genesee, Independence, Scio, Willing and Wirt.

Max N. Allen of Wellsville, a former legislator and former Wellsville supervisor, is running for a Republican nomination in District 4. His opponents are incumbents James A. Graffrath of Andover, Preston Lucas of Wellsville and Legislature Chairman John Walchli of Wellsville.

In District 5, on the eastern side of the county, three newcomers are challenging the incumbents.

Legislators N. Keith Palmiter of Alfred Station, Robert Heineman of Alfred and Curtis Corkey of Almond have opposition from Alfred Supervisor Brent Reynolds of Alfred Station and Lucille I. George and Donald Hoffman, both of Almond.

Republican have nominated two candidates for countywide office, and no opposition has surfaced.

They are County Judge James E. Euken of Belmont, the former district attorney recently appointed to the bench by Gov. Pataki, and County Treasurer James F. Mulholland of Wellsville, seeking a new term.

Incumbent legislators running in November without opposition are:

District 1 -- Rodney K. Bennett of Dalton, Kenneth Nielsen of Houghton and Alton Sylor of Fillmore.

District 2 -- Edmund C. Burdick of Black Creek, Susan F. Myers of Friendship and Ronald B. Truax of Cuba.

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