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Primary Election Winners React

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Now that the dust has settled over the political landscape in Allegany County, some of those candidates who prevailed in Tuesday’s primary election are full of gratitude.

A new force in county politics from District 3 is Adam Cyr who deposed long time legislator William Dibble by a mere 26 votes, had this to say:

” I am truly thankful and humbled to have the opportunity to serve Allegany County in a leadership role. Thank you all for taking time out of your day to vote and support my ambition.

  I am incredibly grateful to my family, employees and friends who give me the flexibility to serve my community. So much work and sacrifice went into this behind the scenes.

  Thank you to district 3, for believing in me with your votes and for you all having to look at my signs everywhere you went for the couple months.  I promise I will give 100% to serving our county.

     Taking a couple days off to relax sounds great, but that is going to have to wait, I have work to do!! Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart!” -Adam B Cyr

Read our pre-election interview with Adam Cyr


Another new face who challenged some of the most entrenched politicians in the county is poised to become a new legislator in District 2. Gretchen Hanchett, longtime Executive Director of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, defeated incumbent David Decker by about four points, or sixty votes. Hanchett had this to say after her solid success:

” I am honored to have  won your vote in the GOP primary for district 2  county legislator. Thank you for your support and trust. My husband and I plan to spend time with family in our RV enjoying nature.”

You can read our interview last month with Gretchen HERE


The Town of Wellsville primary election for the two open town board seats was handily won by incumbents Michael Miller who grabbed about 38% of the votes, and Patricia Graves held her seat with nearly 34%. Challenger Maria Dannheim, put on a good showing but fell short with just over 28% of the votes.

Miller had this to say for the support from Republicans in Wellsville:

“I’m honored and humbled and looking forward to serving the community for another 4 years. I’m optimistic for the future of Wellsville and Allegany County.”

Read the Full Primary Election Results Here

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