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An interview with State Senator Dale Volker

State Senator Dale Volker
State Senator Dale Volker

By Susan Arbetter


Buffalo, NY – Now that State Senator Dale Volker has decided not to see re-election, the race for his successor is taking some interesting turns.

The Buffalo News is reporting that former Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan is exploring a run. He is said to be gauging support. Erie County Republican Chairman Jim Domagalski will formally announce his candidacy Tuesday morning. Former East Aurora Mayor David DiPietro has already said he is running. And Lancaster Village Mayor William Cansdale may throw his hat into the ring. That would set up an almost unheard of four-way Republican primary.

On yesterday's Capitol Pressroom on WBFO, Volker told host Susan Arbetter that he expects the Republicans will hold on to his seat and re-take control of the Senate.

"Next year is going to be a terrible year," Volker said. "I made a decision that we all have shelf lives."

Volker says he's especially disturbed by the decline in civil discourse in all areas of politics today.

Volker joined Susan Arbetter on Monday's Capitol Pressroom. Click the audio player above to hear part of the interview now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.