The political race for county executive is a big deal in Chautauqua County. The executive position holds most of the power; the part-time legislators invariably are reactionary -- in that they can only react to what the executive proposes; he's got the staff; he appoints and fires; if he has a nefarious agenda, woe be it to the public if he (or she) is indifferent to the public's long-term interests. The current county executive, Greg Edwards, a Republican, is in synch with the privatization agenda along with Chamber of Commerce, the Jamestown Post Journal, and the IDA. Horrigan is this group's candidate; Ron Johnson demurs. Surely he will lose. The other race is for County Clerk. Lori Cornell vs Larry Barmore. The latter is for selling off the public commons (and cheaply, it seems). Christie Herbst, former Post Journal editor, told Lori Cornell that unless she dropped her resistance to selling the County Home, she, Herbst, would see to it that Cornell would be politically finished. Similar sabotage was experienced by other legislators who supported the County Home. Public forum 24, 2013, held at Jamestown's Prendergast Public Library, Jamestown, NY & sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Filmed & edited by Karen & Roy Harvey, snowshoefilms, for Public Access Channel 5, Mayville NY. yoryevrah Post script: Horrigan (retired US air force colonel) and Barmore (tire sales) won their respective races.

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