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DEMOCRATS NAME CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY OFFICE

Five Democrats announced their candidacy for county office Tuesday, including a former district attorney who wants that job again.

Patricia K. Fogarty of Belmont, appointed district attorney in 1983 to fill a vacancy, is running against Republican District Attorney Terrence Parker of Belfast.

Senior County Judge James E. Euken, a Republican, beat her in the 1983 election for the job. He served as DA until his appointment as judge in 1997.

Fogarty, a partner in the firm Serra & Fogarty of Belmont, is a graduate of Catholic University of America and its law school and has been practicing law in the county since 1974.

She is on the boards of Southern Tier Legal Services and Southern Tier Traveling Teachers and was chairwoman of the Alfred State College Council from 1993 until 2000.

She has also been Cattaraugus-Allegany Counties coordinator for the Catholic Charities drive for two years.

Fogarty was cited this spring for her "outstanding leadership" by the Committee on Women in the Courts in the Eighth Judicial District, and she received a Profiles in Courage award this year from the Task Force to Renew the Democratic Party.

She has also served as president of the county Bar Association.

Paul Servey and Barbara Hetzel of Wellsville announced their candidacy for the County Legislature in District 4, covering Andover and Wellsville.

They will face the winners of September's Republican primary in the November election, which will fill three seats.

Legislators James Graffrath of Andover and John Walchli of Wellsville are running against Steve Mosher, Robert K. Sobeck and Daniel Russo of Wellsville for the Republican nominations in that district.

Carla Coch of Alfred Station said she is running against the three District 5 incumbent Republican legislators for one of the seats in that district.

Legislators Robert Heineman of Alfred, Brent Reynolds of Alfred Station and Curtis Corkey of Almond are running for re-election.

Bryce Bower of Fillmore is seeking one of the three District 1 seats now held by Republican Legislators Kenneth Nielsen of Houghton, Curtis Crandall of Caneadea and Rodney K. Bennett of Dalton.

Crandall defeated Bower last year to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Legislator Alton Sylor of Fillmore.

Wellsville Democratic Chairman Timothy Aiken said the party remains interested in hearing from other potential candidates for the fall election.

Fogarty has challenged Parker to meet her in "neutral forums across this county where we can meet together and debate our respective positions."

She said she's asking "community organizations and educational institutions to consider providing such forums to us."

"Judge us by our commitment to the office of district attorney and not by our involvement in or our pursuit of any other office," Fogarty said.

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