Erie County Executive Race

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz easily rolled by his Republican challenger Ray Walter celebrating a reelection victory.  Poloncarz won a second four year-term as Erie County Executive. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on what Poloncarz wants to accomplish in the next four years.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Less than a week before Election Day, the challenger for Erie County Executive is accusing the incumbent of lacking a comprehensive road repair plan. The incumbent, though, says not only is a plan in place, but road spending is up over the previous administration.


The race for Erie County Executive has been unusually quiet, with both candidates shying away from the accusations and personal attacks that have become political staples. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy anticipates that changing following Tuesday's debate at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.


Erie County Executive candidates debate at St. Joe's

Oct 20, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The candidates for Erie County Executive again met face to face on campaign issues, this time in front of hundreds of students inside St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, which hosted its 31st annual debate.


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The race for Erie County Executive heated up Wednesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios with a debate between incumbent Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his opponent, Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter. Among the many issues debated were Child Protective Services, taxes and last November's snow removal response.


With tonight's televised debate, the contest for Erie County Executive is expected to heat up. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, one of the debate panelists, says until now the contest had been a "sleepy race."


The controversy over alleged ballot tampering in the race for Erie County Executive got some national attention Sunday.

County Executive Chris Collins made an appearance on Fox News Sunday morning.  He was questioned about the absentee ballots that were mailed to Lackawanna voters with votes for Collins already marked.

Collins blamed supporters of his opponent, Democrat Mark Poloncarz, for the tampering.

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Spokesmen for the campaign of Erie County Executive Chris Collins are dismissing the results of a recent poll that shows Collins with only a three point lead over his Democratic challenger, Mark Poloncarz.

The poll, conducted last week by the Siena Research Institute, was based on phone survey responses from likely voters, and the methodology estimates that 25% of voters in the general election will be Buffalo residents.

The Collins campaign believes turnout in the heavily Democratic city will be lower and the poll results are skewed toward Poloncarz.