Six Contested Council Races Highlight Fall Election

There will be six contested Jamestown City Council races this fall.

Thursday was the deadline to submit election petitions to the Chautauqua County Board of Elections. According to information posted on the county Board of Election’s website – co.chautauqua.ny.us/161/Board-of-Elections — the contested council races will be in Ward I, Ward 2, Ward 4, and for all three At-Large seats.

In Ward 1, incumbent Republican Brent Sheldon will be facing off against a Democratic candidate, but who that candidate will be has not been determined yet by party officials. Earlier this month, Jim Walton, Jamestown Democratic Committee chairman, told The Post-Journal that Democrat Party officials are circulating a petition with his name on it, but he would not be running for the Ward 1 seat. He said in order to have a candidate in the Ward 1 race this fall for the Democratic Party, they needed to circulate a petition prior to the July 13 deadline.

“We’re looking for a candidate in Ward 1, but with the deadline (July 13), and you cannot substitute (a candidate) late, we are currently circulating a petition that has my name on it. It is just part of the process,” Walton said on July 6. “We’re just doing this to hold a place. Hopefully by the end of the month, we will have a candidate.”

In Ward 2, incumbent Republican Anthony Dolce will square off again against Democrat Joseph Scapelitte. In 2015, Dolce won his 11th election to council by defeating Scapelitte 389-157.

In Ward 4, incumbent Democrat Marie Carrubba will be facing off against Republican Richard Elardo for the third time. In 2015, Carrubba won her second election to council by defeating Elardo 426-234. Carrubba was first appointed to council in 2013 and then later that year defeated Elardo for the first time for the council seat.

Two of the three incumbent At-Large council members will be seeking re-election, Democratic Council President Greg Rabb and Republican Kimberly Ecklund. Incumbent Democrat George Spitale, who was first elected in 2007, will not be seeking re-election. The four At-Large challengers include Democrats Vanessa Weinert and Robert Whitney and Republicans Michael Laurin and Andrew Liuzzo.

Incumbent Democrats Victoria James, Ward 3; Maria Jones, Ward 5; and Thomas Nelson, Ward 6; will be running unopposed.

Sheldon, Dolce, Ecklund, Laurin and Liuzzo will also be running on the Conservative Party line; Sheldon, Dolce, Carrubba, Ecklund, Laurin and Rabb will also be running on the Independence Party line; Scapelitte and Carrubba will also be running on the Women’s Equality Party line; and Scapelitte, James, Carrubba, Nelson, Rabb, Weinert and Whitney will also be running on the Working Families Party line.

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