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Piazza, Jaroszynski big winners locally on Primary Night 2014...

It was a night of big primary wins Tuesday for south county candidates in the race for the second, Chautauqua County Family Court Judge seat.  There were both Republican and Democrat primaries... and, others for third-party lines.  The GOP winner is Jamestown-area Attorney Jeffrey Piazza.  Piazza... who advertised, and used robo calls... defeated Fredonia's Michael Sullivan 61 to 39-percent.  With all 52 polling places reporting... Piazza had 1,891 votes to Sullivan's 1,230.  On the Democrat side... another Jamestown-area attorney... and, town Justice, Sally Jaroszynski, defeated James Spann, 13-hundred-95 to 860.  Spann, a town and village attorney in Westfield, was the endorsed candidate.  Piazza will also have two other lines in the November 4th election.  He claimed the Conservative line over Sullivan, 122 to 95... and, the Independence Party line with 143 votes... to Sullivan's 66... and, Spann's 48.  Spann won the Working Families line... while Sullivan got the Green Party endorsement.

In the race for governor... Andrew Cuomo won handly in Chautauqua County... but, statewide... liberal challenger Zepher Teachout made a strong showing with 36-percent of the vote.  Cuomo received 60-percent of the vote.  Locally... he had 1,536 votes to Teachout's 624.  Endorsed Lieutenant Govenor candidate Kathy Hochul of Buffalo had 59-percent of the vote to challenge Timothy Wu's 41-percent.  In Chautauqua County... Hochul had 1,712 votes to Wu's 603. 

In the District 12 race for the Independence Party endorsement for Chautauqua County Legislature, Republican Elizabeth Rankin defeated Beth Kresge, 19-to-18.