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Eight primaries slated for Thursday in Chautauqua County

MAYVILLE – Eight primary elections are slated for next Thursday in the city of Dunkirk, Pomfret, Sheridan and Ripley. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

Incumbent Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce is being challenged in a Democratic primary by Councilman-at-Large Willie Rosas. The city has 3,222 eligible voters.

Dolce also faces an “opportunity-to-ballot” election for his Working Families endorsement, where 69 city voters will decide if Dolce should remain the party’s nominee. All six city poll sites will be open for the election.

A total of 1,945 Pomfret Republicans will be eligible to vote for either Nancy A. Dietzen or Amy P. Hontz as the party’s nominee for Town Justice. Dietzen will also face off against William F. Coughlin for the Conservative, Working Families and Independence Party lines for justice.

Coughlin already has secured the Democratic line. All three Pomfret poll sites will be open for voting.

Sheridan Republicans will decide the party nominee for town justice, with 578 eligible voters deciding between Craig M. Sutton, Jr. and Sheryl M. Mays.

Albert S. Foley has already secured the Democratic line.

In Ripley, Republican Corey P. Caron Sr. and Democrat James W. Spacht will face off to determine the Independence Party line for Town Highway Superintendent. Win or lose, the two candidates will also face off in November.

Voters can obtain an absentee ballot application at if they are physically unable to go the polls or will be out of the county on Primary Day. Applications must be postmarked no later than Thursday. After Thursday, voters can apply in person or by agent with a signed absentee application delivered to the Board of Elections, 7 N. Erie St. Mayville.

Voters should visit or call 753-4580 if they are unsure of their political party registration.