On Tuesday, June 25, a Republican primary was held in State Senate District 57. While state legislative elections are held in even-numbered years, a special election is being held in Senate District 57 to fill a vacancy; that vacancy was created when Sen. Cathy Young (R-Olean) resigned from the Senate in March 2019 following her unsuccessful attempt to oust Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan from his leadership post. The district includes all of Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County and Allegany County, as well as seven towns in Livingston County.
In the primary, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello defeated Allegany County Legislator Curtis Crandall, 60%-34%. Before being elected to his current post in 2017, Borrello had chaired the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Planning and Economic Development Committee. He was also a founding member and first chairman of the Lake Erie Management Commission.
According to State of Politics, Senate District 57 is “a deep shade of red and is unlikely to [be difficult] for Republicans to hold later this fall.” Borrello is slated to face Democrat Austin Morgan, a 22-year-old graduate of Cornell University, in November. Because the Senate Democrats hold 39 of the Senate’s 63 seats, the November election will not meaningfully affect the balance of power in that chamber.