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Looks like Shenk vs. Mychajliw for county comptroller

  Erie County Republicans appear to be settling on former Channel 2 reporter Stefan Mychajliw as their candidate for county comptroller.

   Party sources say Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy favors Mychajliw, who runs his own public relations agency after serving as campaign spokesman for former County Executive Chris Collins last year. Langworthy also had been discussing the race with former congressional candidate Dan Humiston, but sources said the Tanning Bed chain owner turned down the offer.

   The field for the comptroller's race, which will fill the vacancy left by the election of Mark C. Poloncarz as county executive, took more shape Wednesday when interim Comptroller David J. Shenk officially announced his candidacy. He was appointed by the County Legislature earlier this year, and is thought to enjoy a strategic advantage because of the large number of Democrats in heavily Democratic Erie County expected to turn out for the November presidential election.

   The winner of this year's election will fill out the remaining year in Poloncarz's term, and must run for a full term in 2013.

--Robert J. McCarthy

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