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Four primaries to be held in Chautauqua County this September

MAYVILLE – Four primary elections scheduled to be held on Thursday, Sept. 10. will determine party endorsements for some Chautauqua County candidates.

The City of Dunkirk and the Towns of Pomfret, Sheridan and Ripley in the north county will have primary elections. The Thursday voting day was determined by a state ruling so that it does not conflict with the Labor Day holiday.

Incumbent Mayor Anthony J. Dolce will be facing off against challenger and Councilman-at-large Willie Rosas on the Democratic line in Dunkirk. Additionally, Dolce’s Working Families endorsement is being challenged with an opportunity to ballot where voters will either vote for him or write in another candidate’s name.

Nancy A. Dietzen will be on the primary ballot for Pomfret Town Justice for Republican, Conservative, Independence and Working Families voters. She will face Amy P. Hontz on the GOP line and William F. Coughlin on the Conservative, Independence and Working Families lines.

In Sheridan, Craig M. Sutton Jr. and Sheryl M. Mays are running for the Republican nomination for Sheridan Town Justice.

Ripley Independence voters will determine their candidate for Highway Superintendent between Corey P. Caron Sr. and James W. Spacht.

Polls will be open from Noon to 9 p.m. Voters can determine their voting status and party affiliation at or by calling 753-4580.

Voters needing an absentee ballot due to an absence out of the county or physical inability to get to the polls may download an application at the Board of Elections website or by calling the board directly.