LITTLE VALLEY - Cattaraugus County Public Defender Mark S. Williams has announced his candidacy for district attorney.
Williams filed more than 1,400 signatures to appear on the Republican Party line in the county. The signatures were delivered by hand July 8 to the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections in Little Valley.
"I am excited to get this race underway," said Williams, a Hinsdale resident. "We found broad-based support within the party and across the county. I am especially pleased with the number of residents of the county who stepped forward to circulate my petitions."
Williams, who will be running against incumbent District Attorney Lori P. Rieman for the Republican nomination, noted endorsements from local judges, legislators and town and village officials. He also has the backing of Olean Police Chief Terry Schnell.
"We have shown that I am a legitimate candidate for district attorney, and that I intend to win," Williams said.
Williams and Rieman will both appear on the Republican ticket in the Sept. 10 primary; Rieman, who is expected to officially announce her re-election bid next month, also will appear on the Conservative and Independence party lines.
The Cattaraugus County Republican Committee did not endorse a candidate for district attorney.
Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, a Republican, also is seeking re-election to a four-year term. Although unopposed, the sheriff was not endorsed by the county Republican Committee.
No Democrats have expressed interest in the district attorney or sheriff position. The Cattaraugus County Democratic Committee, however, threw its support behind Whitcomb; the group did not make an endorsement for district attorney.
According to the county Board of Elections, David G. Siafakas, a Democrat, and Kevin M. O'Rourke, a Republican, are seeking the county coroner position. O'Rourke will also appear on the Conservative and Independence party lines.