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Commissioners at the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections have rejected objections to nominating petitions from sheriff's candidate Ernest J. Dustman.

More than 120 people circulated petitions on behalf of Dustman of Olean, who now serves as acting sheriff. One thousand signatures were needed, and over 1,900 were submitted.

As a result, Dustman will be on the November ballot on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Freedom party lines.

"My candidacy has been energized by the overwhelming support I have received from citizens of the county," Dustman said. "I intend to run a positive campaign based on issues and accomplishments."

Objections to Republican signatures were filed by Gary McAlpine of South Dayton, a campaign supporter of David Raiport of Gowanda, a former deputy sheriff.

Raiport, Gregory Shemeld, a Franklinville attorney, and county Legislator Larry G. Mack of Humphrey, will face each other Sept. 9 in a primary race for the Democratic Party nomination.

Mack also unsuccessfully challenged Dustman's Conservative petitions.

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