Chautauqua County voters decided several contested town and village races Tuesday.
Voters elected incumbents Todd Hanson and Kenneth Lawson, both Republicans, to the Busti Town Council with 1,187 and 1,215 votes, respectively over Democrat Cara Binnittieri, who received 602 votes.
"The town of Busti is a fantastic place to live, and I look forward to making it a better place to live," Hanson said. He said he will work on controlling the taxes and continue to run the town efficiently and in a positive direction.
Voters from throughout the county took to local polling places to cast their ballot for town and village races.
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Christopher Cannon and Clinton Nagel beat Lawrence Ball with 239 and 215 votes, respectively, for Arkwright Town Board.
Republicans John Holthouse and Russell Hunik beat Howard Holthouse with 156 and 236 votes, respectively, for Clymer Town Board.
Pat McLaughlin, Republican, won against his Democratic opponent Victoria Bardo 254-152 in Ellicott's Ward 1.
Brian Anderson, Republican, is leading his opponent Mark Risley, Working Families, 300-293 for Gerry highway superintendent. Ninety-eight absentee ballots were sent out and 47 have been returned, according to Norm Green, Democratic election commissioner.
Republicans David Hinder and Peter Radka beat Irene Anderson, Democrat, with 289 and 299 votes, respectively, for Harmony Town Board.
Robert Carlson, Democrat, took the night with 260 votes, beating Mark Johnson for Kiantone highway superintendent.
Bonnita Wallace, Republican, beat her Democratic opponent Darla Rissel for Poland Town Clerk with 375 votes.
Republicans Howard Crump and Gerald Russell beat James Irwin, Independent, with 207 and 233 votes, respectively, for Sherman Town Board.
Mark Cunningham, Republican, beat his Democratic opponent Jeffrey Shevlin for Stockton Town Justice with 791 votes.
Lakewood voters overwhelming voted to move village elections to be the same day as general elections in a 634-58 vote. Village elections were previously held in March.
Several candidates ran unopposed in Tuesday's elections. They were:
Brett Mucheck, town council
Walter Dahlgren, town justice
Thomas Allison, highway superintendent
Patty Eckstrom and Michelle Lingerfelter, town council
Jack Jones Jr., town supervisor
Kenneth Bochmann, town supervisor
Darla Frost-Kianos, town clerk
Daniel Pavlock and Varsi Peterson, town council
Mark LeBaron, highway superintendent
Thomas Carlson and David Ward, town board
James Fischer and David Narducci, town justice
Kenneth W. Chase, highway superintendent
Mary Pulliam, town clerk
James Abbey and Carl Smallback, town board
William Young, town supervisor
Debra Frost, town tax collector
Martha Keys, town tax collector
Marvin Shellhouse, highway superintendent
Cecil Miller III, town supervisor
Michael Erlandson, town clerk
Sally Jaroszynski, town justice
Robert Heintzelman, Ward 2
Robert Pickett, Ward 3
George Beckerink, Ward 4
John Cresanti and G. Craig Miller, town board
Randall Present and Lawrence Wallace, town justice
Arden Johnson, town supervisor
Arthur Malecki, highway superintendent
Arlene Bemis, town clerk
Leo McCray and Norvel Willink, town board
David White, town supervisor
Recia Myers, town clerk
Todd Anderson and Linda Bartholomew, town board
John Crossley, town supervisor
Shelly Johnson, town clerk
Cheryl Wares, town board
Tim Card, highway superintendent
Bruce Scolton, town justice
William Lawson, town supervisor
Carrie Finnerty, tax collector
Melanie Hutley, town clerk
Kevin Myers and Kurt Sturzenbecker, town board
Jeff Piazza, town supervisor
Melanie Ostrander and Lori Thierfeldt, town justice
Rebecca Brumagin, town supervisor
Sherrie Tanner, town clerk
Dennis Luce and Richard Watrous, town board
Dennis Cooper, town justice
Paul Scarem, highway superintendent
Dan Strickland, highway superintendent
Nancy Thomas, town clerk
Dick Sena and Frank Stow, town board
Sally Carlson, town supervisor
Steven Hatfield and Katheleen Stanton, town board
Kelly Snow, town supervisor
Patricia Hathaway and Andy Knight, town board
Stanley Zembryski and Allen Chase, town board
Jerry LaPorte, town justice
David Spann and Raymond Schuster, town board