By Christopher Gordon

The next President of the United States is not the only political race that will be decided on election day, as a number of local and state races will be decided on Tuesday, Nov. 8 as well.

One of the key races will be for the Cattaraugus County Legislature, as Robert J. Breton will look to fend off a challenge from John Nelson III for the District 3 seat, which holds a three-year term. Breton, who will be on the Republican, Independence and Reform Party lines will look to retain the seat he was appointed to in May following the death of William Weller Sr.

Nelson’s name will appear on the Democratic and Conservative Party lines.

Also, Rep. Thomas W. Reed II will seek another two-year term in Congress as the veteran lawmaker, who will appear on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party lines, will be challenged by Democratic and Working Families candidate John F. Plumb.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer will seek his fourth six-year term in the Senate as he will appear on the Democratic, Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. He is facing a challenge from Wendy Long, who has received the support of the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party lines. Green Party candidate Robin Laverne Wilson and Libertarian candidate Alex Merced round out the four-person race for the seat Schumer has held for nearly 18 years.

In the State Senate race, incumbent Catharine M. Young, the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party candidate will seek a four-year term as she tries to hold off a challenge from Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality candidate Lee Hyson.