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Republicans confident Rosas will be next mayor of Dunkirk

MAYVILLE – Republican Election Commissioner Brian C. Abram says the chance of another candidate supplanting Willie Rosas as the next mayor of Dunkirk is “highly unlikely.”

On Thursday, Rosas won the Democratic primary and polled enough write-in votes to win the Working Families line in a challenge against the incumbent, Anthony J. Dolce. Primary results are still unofficial but the results are likely to stand when the vote is officially certified after Thursday.

However, there is one “long shot” for a challenge – another party line, according to Abram, adding that the little-known Women’s Equality party has yet to list a candidate for mayor but has until next Sunday to do so.

Women’s Equality is one of eight party lines recognized in New York State, winning approval in 2014.

The city has a large majority of registered Democrat voters, 3,225, with 1,135 registered Republicans. There are 1,774 with no party affiliation, Abram said. The total number of potential voters in the city is 6,812, he added.

Absentee ballots won’t make a difference in the final count. Only 55 were issued and Rosas won, 568 to 380 – or 59 percent of the vote. Rosas, a retired State Police officer, entered the race with the backing of the city’s Democratic Committee. He currently holds the at-large post on the Common Council and chairs Council meetings.

The city’s finances will be a major issue next year, with the fate of the tax revenue-producing NRG power plant still undecided. A major employer, ConAgra, also closed facilities in Dunkirk and Fredonia this year, leaving two large manufacturing sites empty and 425 people without jobs.

The Common Council meets next at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.