Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content

Republicans eye candidates for Assembly, comptroller

   It's that time of the year when Erie County political leaders start to seriously focus on just who -- and who is not -- in the running for the November election.

   The Erie County GOP, for example, is talking with potential candidates on many fronts, including:

   --The Assembly seat now held by retiring Republican Daniel J. Burling. Party sources indicate that in addition to to declared candidates Kevin Smard, an assemblyman currently based in Hamburg, and David DiPietro, the former East Aurora mayor, others are also expressing interest.  Those include Chris Lane of East Aurora and David Mariacher of Elma are also discussing potential candidacies.

   --For county comptroller, former television newsman Stefan Mychajliw has been exploring a candidacy aganst appointed Democrat David Shenck. But also in the mix for the GOP is Dan Humiston, owner of the Tanning Bed chain, who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Brian Higgins in 2008. 

   Both have long eyed the possibility of running for public office. But Humiston has always appealed to party leaders because of the ability to fund his own campaign.

   Republican officials have so far not encountered a stampede of comptroller candidates because of the daunting prospect of running in heavily Democratic Erie County in a presidential year, when turnout is highest.

   Both parties also have encountered difficulties in recruiting candidates for a countywide post that pays the relatively low salary of $80,615.

--Robert J. McCarthy 

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

About Politics Now

Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

[email protected]


Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

[email protected]


Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

@jillterreri | [email protected]


Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

@JerryZremski | [email protected]

Subscribe

Advertisement