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Dunn staying in sheriff's race on minor party line

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

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. 

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.

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.
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