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Legislature To Vote On District 10 Nominee

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature is slated to vote on a nominee to be the new District 10 legislator.

On Wednesday, the legislature is scheduled to vote during its regular monthly meeting on whether to approve Kenneth Lawton to be the new legislator for District 10.

Last month, PJ Wendel, former District 10 legislator, was approved by the county Legislature to be the new county executive following George Borrello’s, R-Sunset Bay, special election victory last November to be the representative for the 57th State Senate District.

Following Wendel’s appointment to be county executive, the town of Busti Republican Party Committee started working to find a nominee for District 10. Randy Holcomb, Lakewood mayor and Busti Republican Party Committee vice chairman, said Lawton expressed interest in the District 10 position to the committee.

Holcomb said six of the 10 members of the Republican Party Committee who live in District 10 unanimously approved Lawton as the nominee after a series of interviews last week. District 10 covers all of the village of Lakewood, parts of the town of Busti, the southwest section of Jamestown and a part of the town of Ellicott, Holcomb said.

Lawton is currently a member of the town of Busti Town Board. Holcomb said if the county Legislature approves Lawton’s appointment to District 10, Jesse Robbins, Busti supervisor, will need to find a nominee for the town board to vote on to fill Lawton’s vacancy on the Busti Town Board. Holcomb said, to the best of his knowledge, no candidates have volunteered for the position.

Lawton was last re-elected to the Busti Town Board in 2017. He still has two years remaining on his four-year term on the board if he is approved by the county Legislature to be the next District 10 representative.

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