As expected, attorney Jeanne M. Vinal was nominated Saturday by Erie County Democrats to succeed outgoing 5th District Erie County Legislator Thomas A. Loughran. Loughran, who has served in the Legislature for 13 years, announced last week that he will not seek re-election.
Vinal, an Eggertsville resident and a partner in the Buffalo law firm of Vinal & Vinal, is a longtime member of the Erie County Democratic Committee. The 5th District includes part of Amherst.
A graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, Vinal earned a dual degree and economics and philosophy from Colgate University, where she was awarded a George Cobb Fellowship for community service. She was a cum laude graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School in 1989.