By Denise Jewell Gee
The race for Erie County Comptroller has hit the airwaves.
Democrat David J. Shenk and Republican Stefan Mychajliw have launched their first ads this week -- with both candidates keeping things positive for now.
Shenk, a former Boston Town Clerk who was appointed comptroller earlier this year to replace Mark Poloncarz, focuses on his experience in the U.S. Army Reserves as he introduces himself in the 30-second ad as video shows him at the Rath Building.
"For 23 years, I served our country both in Iraq and Afghanistan, learning leadership, discipline and focus," Shenk says in an ad that started airing Monday. "I use these skills as your comptroller, along with two decades of experience as a town clerk and tax collector."
Mychaljiw, a former television reporter who now runs a public relations firm, will launch an ad today that focuses on his work reporting on "pork and patronage" for Channel 2.
"I'm Stefan Mychaljiw, the son of Polish and Ukranian immigrants, who taught me about honesty and the value of a dollar," Mychajliw says as the camera scrolls over photographs of his family. "As an investigative reporter, I never forgot that."
View Shenk's ad here:
Here's Mychaljiw's commercial:
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