MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Democrat candidate for County Executive, Norm Green, has conceded to incumbent P.J. Wendel Tuesday evening.
Green, a Democrat, spoke to WNY News Now as the results continued to pour in. He says that he wishes Wendel luck as his run as top official continues, furthering that he will continue his political activism locally.
“I have called P.J. Wendel to concede the race. He deserves my congratulations,” Green said. “I’m proud of the volunteers that helped us with this election. I’m proud of the Democratic party in Chautauqua County, and we will be back.”
The Democrats will have other candidates in future Executive races, according to Green. Green, however, says he currently doesn’t plan on another run for the position.
“I feel very humbled,” Wendel told WNY News Now following the election. “I said it, last year, I’m humbled that the large amount support in an off-year election…We’ve seen the support we’ve had. The Republicans throughout the county, so hats off to every candidate, and even candidates across the isle.”
Green, who was in Dunkirk, said earlier in the broadcast that he was “pessimistic” about his chances following the early voting tally.
Wendel, with all 102 county districts in, has a 17,455-5516 lead. Absentee ballots have yet to be tallied, but Wendel’s victory is highly likely.