FREDONIA – A Fredonia native running for Chautauqua County Clerk says that he has big plans in store for the department if elected in November.
David Salley, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Republican Larry Barmore, who has served as County Clerk since 2013. Salley recently spoke with WNY News Now to discuss his campaign for the upcoming election.
The challenger explains that, if elected, one of the biggest areas in which he hopes to improve the County Clerk Office is the handling of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices in the county as the pandemic continues, an area that he heard from residents was a struggle for them.
“It was closed after the State said it could reopen, and when they reopened, there was a shortage of manpower, and you had lines out the door and down the side of the building as if it were a soup kitchen,” Salley said. “I was hearing that repeatedly.”
Salley and his wife moved to Chautauqua County in 2000. He has served as a database manager, which he says will be crucial to serving as a County Clerk. For example, the County Clerk is responsible for managing the Department of Motor Vehicles records, gas pump inspection certificates, etc.
“You have people that need to get to it, which is called accessibility,” Salley said. “You have people who should not be allowed to it. That’s called cybersecurity. I’m very qualified for this position.”
WNY News Now asked Salley to explain why voters should chose him on Election Day. Salley says that, simply put, he is the most qualified candidate of the two.
“I have the skills to do this job,” Salley said. “It has been showed during the pandemic that the person currently holding it does not.”
WNY News Now will continue to follow the race for Chautauqua County Clerk as it develops.