Chautauqua County’s Executive Officially Kicks Off His Re-Election Bid

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LAKEWOOD – Chautauqua County Executive’s officially kicked off his re-election bid for the office this week.

Executive PJ Wendel won over 65 percent of the vote to secure the seat last fall, filling the remaining term vacated by now State Senator George Borrello.

“I am humbled by the support I continue to see throughout our community,” Wendel said in a statement. “To file our county-wide petitions with over 1500 signatures shows the energy around my campaign, and is a vote of confidence for the job I am doing as County Executive.”

In his campaign, the Lakewood resident promises strong leadership, guiding Chautauqua County throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic I will shift our focus on rebuilding our economy, and coming back stronger than before,” continued Wendel. “Although many things slowed down last year, my team has been hard at work.”

In 2020, Wendel says his economic development team worked with over 90 companies to retain over 1,500 local jobs.

“I will bring the same intensity my team has brought to county government for the last year throughout a four-year term to achieve results for the residents of Chautauqua County,” furthered Wendel.

To learn more about his campaign, visit

So far, no other politicians have announced campaign bids for the seat.


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