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Erie County Legislature 5th District: Jeanne Vinal takes open seat

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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