Westfield and Forestville headline contested mayoral races for the 13 of the 15 Chautauqua County villages holding March village elections this year for mayors, trustees and justices.
Mayville has no candidates up for election this year and Celoron conducts its village elections in November, according to Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram, Chautauqua County Board of Elections commissioners.
A total of 49 different candidates will be vying for elective office for 35 different offices in the county village elections. Nineteen village offices will find no opponents for the candidates seeking election.
This year, Falconer and Fredonia will have ballot propositions asking voters for permission to move village elections to November in 2015, so as to eliminate the village's budgeted election costs. Such a move will also cause in each village's fiscal year.
Due to its unique village charter, Fredonia village elections will be Monday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The rest of the county's villages will run elections on Tuesday, March 19, from noon to 9 p.m. The Board of Elections runs all county village elections except for Cassadaga and Sinclairville, where the village clerks act as the chief election officers.
Sample ballots and a list of all candidates running for office in the village elections are available at www.votechautauqua.com.