Wendel Wins County Executive Race

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JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel soundly defeated challenger Richard Morrisroe by more than 20,000 votes on Tuesday evening.

The vote, calculated by the Chautauqua County Board of Elections, does not include absentee ballot votes.

Wendel received more than 33,600 votes, while Morrisroe received more than 13,000 votes.

When he addressed the crowd after declaring victory, Wendel says that this year’s election campaign was a “unique” journey because of COVID-19 and other challenges.

“I left a great career…it was really a fabulous career (teaching),” Wendel said. “I’m humbled by what we see here tonight….Thank you for all of your support.”

Wendel credited his team, along with fellow Republicans, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, State Senator George Borrello and presumptive DA-elect Jason Schmidt for their work in helping him achieve success both as an elected officials as well as a political candidate.

The Republican will face another election in 2021.


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