Erie County Democratic Party

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Five candidates are now competing for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Chris Collins in the 27th congressional district after Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray and political activist Joan Elizabeth Seamans announced their candidacy this past week.

Election 2017 offered another display of Erie County's counterintuitive voting habits. Despite a larger base of Democratic registrants, three county races went to Republicans. Those victories, however, were offset by the defeat of a GOP incumbent in the county legislature, giving Democrats majority control as of January 1. "Anything can happen here," said Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy during his weekly conversation on WBFO's Morning Edition. "That's why it's so interesting to watch."


The heavy presence of political signs littered about Hamburg, Amherst and Lancaster reveal hotly-contested races for key positions in those towns. It's a different story in Buffalo as Primary Day essentially determined which Democrats would hold key city offices. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, those trends may boost Republicans to victory in three countywide races.


For many years, local Democratic Party candidates sought the endorsement of the Conservative Party. According to  Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, the endorsement boosted vote totals and served to separate a candidate's identity from downstate Democrats. That trend is fading, apparently with encouragement from local Democratic officials.


Democrats enjoy a significant edge over Republicans in Erie County when it comes to party affiliations among registered voters. As Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy analyzed during his weekly discussion with WBFO, that advantage often comes up short on Election Day. Republicans are favored to hold onto three countywide posts in November: County Clerk, County Comptroller and Sheriff.


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A uniformed Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard spoke at a political rally in Buffalo's Niagara Square on Saturday and Democratic County Chairman Jeremy Zellner says he should resign because of the tenor of the event.


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Democratic Erie County Elections Commissioner Len Lenihan is stepping down next month. He's expected to be replaced by Democratic County Chairman Jeremy Zellner.


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Erie County Legislator Thomas Loughran formally announced his candidacy for the State Senate Saturday.

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Last year, developer Carl Paladino gave $30,000 to the Erie County Democratic Committee. That's drawing some heat from anonymous Republican critics.


Nearly 300 people turned out Tuesday night for a fund-raiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign in the Hyatt Regency Downtown. County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner says the event raised around $350,000.


As Election Day approaches, local Democratic Party officials continue to offer a fractured front, says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy.

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Even though the number of registered Democrats outnumbers Republicans in Erie County, fewer are heading to the polls to cast their vote.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney about his story "Disappearing Democrats."

County democrats find new home

Jan 29, 2013
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The Erie County Democratic Party is moving its' headquarters from the Ellicott Square building to the Larkin district effective in March of this year. 

A nation "curious about Mitt Romney," says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, could draw an estimated 50 million viewers for tonight's Presidential debate.

As polls show President Barack Obama inching his way to a solid lead, McCarthy believes voters still want to see Romney's debate performances before they make their final decision on Election Day.

Masiello abandons pursuit of party post

Sep 5, 2012
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Former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello has ended speculation of a return to politics as the Chair of the Erie County Democratic Party.

In a statement released from his lobbying group, Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, Masiello cited professional and personal reasons behind the decision.

Upon the urging of Governor Cuomo, Masiello had sought the support of key Democrats in an effort to replace outgoing chairman Len Lenihan.

Former Mayor Masiello may seek party chair

Aug 23, 2012

A familiar political name is being mentioned as the next chair of the Erie County Democratic Party.

According to the Buffalo News, Masiello has been discussing the possibility with top Democrats in the area.

After ten years on the job, current chair Len Lenihan will not seek re-election in September.

Masiello has been serving as an Albany lobbyist in recent years. It's believed his candidacy has the support of Governor Cuomo.

Len Lenihan leaving as head of county Democrats

Jul 17, 2012
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After helping to place a Democrat in the County Executive's office for the first time in 12 years, Len Lenihan is stepping aside as the Chair of the Erie County Democratic Party.

In a letter penned Monday, Lenihan announced that he will not seek a sixth term in September.

The letter also recounted the party's recent successes, including the election of Democrats in the area's three Congressional seats and the current 12-to-3 "supermajority" held by Democrats in the Erie County Legislature.