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WATCH: Erie County Executive candidates debate


On Thursday evening, WNED | WBFO presented “Decision 2019: The Race for Erie County Executive”, a live debate featuring the two candidates running for Erie County Executive.

Democratic incumbent Mark C. Poloncarz and Independence Party challenger Lynne M. Dixon, who is also running on the Republican line, faced off in a live broadcast on WNED-TV and WBFO-FM 88.7 from the WNED studios. The stations partnered with The Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV.


The two candidates presented opening and closing statements and submitted to questions and follow-ups from a panel featuring WGRZ investigative reporter Steve Brown, WBFO News Director Dave Debo, Buffalo News political columnist Robert McCarthy, and Buffalo News reporter Sandra Tan. Buffalo News curator and former WBFO News Director Brian Meyer served as moderator.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.