From the Morning Memo:

The Erie County Democratic Committee moved quickly to fill a vacancy made when County Legislature Chairman Peter Savage declined his nomination to seek re-election at the beginning of the week.

Of course, it didn’t have much of a choice, with a replacement due to be submitted by today. Last night, the committee chose Town of Tonawanda Council Member Lisa Chimera as the party’s endorsed candidate.

The committee solicited applications this week, but ultimately Chimera was the only person to make a presentation.

“The duly elected 3rd District @ecdems members voted to unanimously endorse Councilmember Lisa Chimera tonight ECDC Chairman Jeremy Zellner tweeted. I am excited to have such a wonderful community minded candidate as our Endorsed Dem!”

Former state Senate candidate Amber Small was considered a front runner to replace Savage, but she announced yesterday that she had pulled herself out of the running.

Small said she didn’t need to be in public office to focus on public service.

“As a committee member in North Buffalo, I helped pass petitions for our slate of candidates this spring: including Legislator Peter Savage,” she said. “At that time many reached out to me about running for office. However, with recently opening a small business and pursuing my law degree, I simply did not have the time earlier this year, and that has not changed.”

Two other Democratic candidates, David Amoia and Cindi McEachon, also petitioned for the 3rd District, making it likely there will be a primary. Savage is reportedly seeking a city judge appointment.