Jeanne M. Vinal, a political newcomer, won election Tuesday to represent Amherst in the Erie County Legislature.
Vinal, a Democrat, defeated Republican Shelly D. Schratz to capture the 5th Legislative District seat. The district is currently represented by Democrat Thomas Loughran, who did not seek re-election.
Vinal, 55, an attorney in private practice, has been campaigning on a platform that includes lowering taxes, improving the quality of life for all ages and expanding degree programs at SUNY Erie Community College for area industries.
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5th District (100% of districts reporting)
- Jeanne M. Vinal, D, W 9,666 votes, 54.9%
- Shelly D. Schratz, R, C, I 7,925 votes, 45.1%
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Story topics: Elections 2019