MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Legislature unanimously approved Luz Torres to become the next Democratic Commissioner of Elections.
According to the resolution from Wednesday night’s meeting, Torres will serve the remainder of the four year term that ends on Dec. 31, 2024.
County Legislator and Democrat Chuck Nazzaro spoke just moments before the resolution passed. Nazzaro explains that it was time for the County Democrat Party to look at the bigger picture.
“Although the Democratic caucus does not agree with Judge (Lynn) Keane regarding the process of appointing the election commissioner, we have decided not to appeal her decision,” Nazzaro said. “After careful consideration of our options, we decided it was in the best interest of the Democratic Party to move forward and start the healing process.”
Nazzaro said that the Caucus still believes the County Democratic Committee did not follow proper procedure in nominating Torres, but he says there are more important issues for the Legislature to debate.
Legislator Christine Starks says that, after careful consideration, she’ll be voting for Torres. In addition, Legislator Robert Bankowski explained that the Caucus was not being “racist” contrary to allegations made to him from members of the public.
Torres had been serving as the acting Democratic Election Commissioner since former Commissioner Norm Green stepped down in April. She was tabbed for the role following a vote by the county’s Democratic Committee.