DUNKIRK – The City of Dunkirk will have a new mayor.
Councilman-at-Large Willie Rosas won the Democratic Party endorsement in the primary Thursday and took the Working Family line away as well. Rosas was the Democratic Committee’s choice over incumbent Anthony J. Dolce, who challenged. There are no other endorsed candidates.
“I guess it’s game over,” said Dolce, who was gracious about the loss. “The people have been extremely supportive for my 12 years in city government,” he said.
Dolce moved up from the council-at-large seat before becoming mayor for this term.
Rosas campaigned heavily throughout the city. He said he has already been thinking about ways to save money and run things differently.
“We have a lot of work to do to get ready for next year,” he said. He said that Dolce called him and congratulated him on the victory. “I hope we can continue to work well together,” said Rosas.
“I am excited right now,” said Rosas, a retired New York State Police officer. He is relatively new to politics and has been active in several community activities.
Rosas had an unofficial total of 568 votes over Dolce, who had 380, according to the tally on the Chautauqua County Board of Elections website. The total gave Rosas 59 percent of the vote.
A largely Democratic city, Dunkirk still has some council seats up on the November ballot.