Dunn staying in sheriff's race on minor party line

Sep 23, 2013

The race for Erie County sheriff became more interesting Monday with the loser in the Democratic primary saying he will stay in the race.

Bert Dunn lost to retired sheriff's lieutenant Richard Dobson in the primary election. During the campaign, the Sheriff's Department watch commander and owner of Bert's Bikes set up the Law and Order party. 

Bert Dunn is not giving up his fight to become Erie County Sheriff.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Dunn will be on the November ballot on that line in a three-way race against Dobson and incumbent Republican Sheriff Timothy Howard.

"I still think that I can make a difference and I think I can make a change for the better," Dunn said Monday.

The independent challenger says he brings the skills needed to improve the department to the race, not only his command service in the road patrol section of the sheriff's operation but also his background in business.

"I know we can do better," Dunn said.

The Board of Elections is expected to officially certify the primary in the next day or two. As of Friday, Dobson had a more than 600-vote lead over Dunn with three-quarters of the absentee and affidavit ballots counted in the canvass.