A quiet and decisive election in the county | News, Sports, Jobs
This year was one of the quietest elections I can remember in Chautauqua County. There were few lawn panels going up. They also increased relatively late in the political campaign. There didn’t seem to be much publicity either, at least in my world, i.e. newspapers and radio. (Forget about social media when it comes to me.)
The results were also fairly predictable, although the scale and scale of the Republican victory was unprecedented. The newspaper’s headline described him as a “Red Tsunami”. Another way to put it would be to say that the Democrats have “Shell! “
The Republican candidate for the county executive won in decisive style, winning by a margin of three to one. He now deserves to rest from his campaign. He had to run last year to fulfill the term of the previous executive that went to the state Senate. Now he can focus on the governance issues facing the county, without having to worry about a political campaign for at least the next four years.
Since the state Supreme Court candidates had been cross-approved by the Republican and Democratic parties, there was no race there. However, the county has benefited from the cross-approval in that we will now have a Supreme Court judge in Mayville who is a resident of Chautauqua County.
The other major election issues were actually on the back of the ballot where five changes to the New York State Constitution were passed. It seems that those dealing with electoral reforms and redistribution have been defeated. The proposal to make clean air and water a “law” in the past state. The Farm Bureau opposed it for fear that in an urbanized state like New York, it could help protect the environment. “Overbreadth”. Farmers have found out from experience that well-meaning legislation or legal action can make their lives more difficult.
In western New York, the most interesting race was in the contest for mayor of Buffalo. The incumbent, who was defeated in the Democratic primary, returned to defeat the approved Democratic nominee – an upstart and outspoken Democrat “socialist.” Big names in liberal politics came from New York to support the challenger, but the people of Buffalo said: “No, we will stay with our more moderate and intermediate mayor.” So much for those who think all Democrats are ” leftmost “.
Back in our riding, congratulations to the Republicans and to those who won and who will now lead us to Mayville. You have a lot of work to do, and we here in the “bled” wish you good luck in your work in the days to come. Chautauqua County has many challenges and you have our support in fulfilling your civic duties!
As for the County Democrats, they must “to restart” and revitalize themselves so that they can once again become a competitive political force in our community. If there is a “silver lining” for them it is that they now have many opportunities to stand for election at all levels of government. If you’re a Democrat, there’s no place to go but “up.”
Rolland Kidder is a resident of Stow.