Within the hard-fought battle for the Erie County comptroller’s seat, Democrat Kevin Hardwick defeated Republican-endorsed Lynne Dixon.
“Thanks to my marketing campaign staff, my household, and most of all, the voters of Erie County who selected to vote for integrity and good authorities in the present day,” Hardwick stated after his victory. “I stay up for serving as your subsequent Erie County comptroller and bringing again the respect it deserves.”
Hardwick, a former Republican, is a 4th District county legislator and Metropolis of Tonawanda resident who ran on a platform of “tradition change” within the Comptroller’s Workplace. It is the primary time in 30 years that an elected comptroller and the county govt are members of the identical social gathering.
Dixon, a Village of Hamburg resident, works as an affiliate deputy comptroller within the Erie County Comptroller’s Workplace beneath Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who ran for Hamburg city supervisor.
With two candidates who’ve title recognition and political and mass media expertise, the marketing campaign is changing into a case examine in political science and focused promoting.
Each waged aggressive campaigns for the comptroller’s seat, with Dixon focusing extra on junk mail to succeed in voters, and Hardwick funneling cash into TV and radio marketing campaign spots.
Hardwick, 64, carried Democratic and Working Households social gathering endorsements. A longtime political science professor at Canisius Faculty, Hardwick was elected to the county Legislature in 2009. Earlier than switching events in 2018, he additionally hosted a Sunday political speak present known as “Hardline with Hardwick” on WBEN radio.