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7 legislators, 8 others win GOP lines

Republicans endorsed 15 candidates in five districts Tuesday for Allegany County Legislature. Seven of the winners are incumbents.

In preliminary figures, the top vote-getter in District 1, which includes Angelica, Belfast, Caneadea, Centerville, Granger, Hume and Rushford, was Theodore Hopkins of Fillmore, who received 673 votes. Also successful were incumbent Legislator Curtis Crandall of Caneadea, with 656, and David Pullen of Houghton, with 649.

Walter Weirich Jr. of Caneadea received 459 votes and Donald E. Bliss of Rushford had 393. Incumbent Legislators Rodney K. Bennett of Dalton and Kenneth Nielsen of Houghton are not seeking re-election.

In District 2, which consists of Amity, Clarksville, Cuba, Friendship, New Hudson and Ward, Norman Ungermann Jr. of Cuba topped a list of seven candidates for three nominations with 641 votes.

Also winning endorsements were incumbent Legislator Ronald Truax of Cuba, with 446, and Karl Kruger of Friendship, with 428.

Also on the ballot were incumbent Susan Myers of Friendship, 396; Lynn Volk of Cuba, 314; incumbent Edmund Burdick of Black Creek, 298; and William Greene Jr. of Belmont, 198.

Dwight Fanton of Wellsville, with 343 votes, led the three successful candidates in District 3, which consists of Alma, Bolivar, Genesee, Independence, Scio, Willing and Wirt.

Voters also endorsed Glenn Benson of Whitesville, 327 votes; and incumbent William G. Dibble of Little Genesee, 270. Also running were Brenda Kinnicutt of Bolivar, 234; and Bonnie Warboys of Wellsville, 158.

In District 4, consisting of Wellsville and Andover, incumbent Daniel Russo of Wellsville led a list of five candidates with 528 votes. Also successful were Timothy O'Grady of Wellsville, 493; and incumbent James A. Graffrath of Andover. Also running were John Walchli Jr. of Wellsville, 275; and Richard Hetzel of Wellsville, 215.

In District 5, which consists of Alfred, Allen, Almond, Birdsall, Burns, Grove and West Almond, incumbent Brent Reynolds of Alfred Station led with 356 votes. Also endorsed were Douglas Burdick of Alfred Station, 284; and incumbent William Hall of Alfred, 279. Incumbent James Palmer of Alfred Station received 251 votes.

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