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Dobson leading Dunn in close Sheriff primary

WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

In a low-turnout primary election, retired Erie County Sheriff's Lieutenant Richard Dobson is about 600 votes ahead of Sheriff's Lieutenant Bert Dunn, the endorsed Democratic candidate. But Dunn is not conceding.

Dunn said he wants to see the count from absentee ballots and any other votes not counted on Primary Day. He said he won't be actively campaigning until the results are in and the canvass is completed on the voting machines.

"I liked to see where it ends up when the absentee ballots come back,' said Dunn. "At this point, I think that it's probably the best interest to wait and see what happens."

Dobson says he has held every office in the department except Sheriff.
"I love the Erie County Sheriff's Department. I love being a public servant. I love being a police officer. It's who I am. It's what defines me."

Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond
Richard Dobson

Since Dobson retired, he has traveled the world, including a stint as a cop in East Timor.

"This is a tremendous upset," Dobson proclaimed. "We fought a hard battle from Day One. We've come a long way."

The winner of the race will face off against two-term incumbent Sheriff Tim Howard.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.