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13 Chautauqua County villages vote March 20; some lack choices

Candidates will be on the ballot in 13 of Chautauqua County's 15 villages in the March 20 elections, though some will run unopposed.

The two villages without March contests will be Fredonia, where there are no expiring terms, and Celoron, which moved its elections to November to eliminate village election expenses.

The list of candidates was released last week by Board of Elections Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram.

Voters from villages except Sinclairville and Cassadaga may apply for an absentee ballot by visiting www.votechautauqua.com or by calling the Board of Elections at 753-4580 to request an application.

Village elections will be held at their normal November polling site, except in Bemus Point, where elections will be held at Village Hall because there is no Board of Elections polling site located within the village limits.

All village polling sites will be open from noon until 9 p.m. that Tuesday.

In next month's balloting:

*Bemus Point Village Trustees Richard Biondolillo and David I. Lipsey are running unopposed for re-election. Both are Republican.

*In Brockton, Republican David L. Hazelton is running unopposed for village mayor, while Democrat Michelle Harriger and Republicans J. Dale Abram and Dale W. VanVlack Jr. are campaigning for two seats as village trustees. None are incumbents. Democrat James Craig is running unopposed for re-election as village justice.

*Cassadaga Village Trustee Rodney M. Waite is running for re-election on the Progressive Party line, with no opposition.

*In Cherry Creek, Republican Bruce Fish is running against incumbent Mayor Dean A. Mount, a Democrat, while incumbent Democratic Village Trustee Barbara A. Hodges is running against two Republicans, John Lukaszewski and Geraldine Reynolds, for two seats on the Village Board.

*Falconer Trustee De Ette C. Dispenza is running unopposed for re-election. She is a Democrat.

*Forestville Mayor Charles P. Brewster, a Republican, is seeking re-election, without opposition. Current Trustee Carol Woodward and newcomer Linda F. Aures are running for two seats on the Village Board. Both are Republican.

*In Lakewood, incumbent Trustee Susan F. Drago, a Republican, is unopposed for re-election to a one-year term, while incumbent Trustee Susan G. Lane, also a Repubican, is hoping for re-election to a three-year term against Democrat John Jablonski III.

*Two Mayville incumbent village trustees, Republican Richard W. Syper and Protect Mayville's James M. Roach, are battling to retain their seats against Democratic candidates Tye Flurie and Sharon Smead.

*Panama Mayor Charles Loveless and Village Trustee Martha A. Miller are seeking re-election without opposition.

*Sherman Trustees Isaac Gratto and Mary Reyda are running for re-election, also without opposition.

*Silver Creek Village Justice Richard J. Saletta, a Republican, is seeking re-election with no opposition, while Democratic Trustee Anna Frederickson and newcomers Nicodemo Piccolo and Benjamin R. Peters, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, are battling for two seats as trustees.

*Two Sinclairville trustees, Foresters candidate Brian S. Bullard and Independent Cynthia L. Goodwill, are running unopposed to keep their seats.

*And in Westfield, incumbent Republican trustees David Brooker and Rick Raynor are running for two seats against Democrat Debra Puckhaber.