Voting records appear to be figuring as the most important issue in the just-beginning campaign for Erie County sheriff.
After opponents of Democratic primary candidate Bert Dunn emphasized his four separate party registrations over the years (Republican-Democrat-Republican-Democrat), Dunn shot back this week with his own criticism of primary opponent Dick Dobson. The Dunn campaign said while Dobson has not quite reached Dunn's number of switches, he's made a few of his own.
The Dunn campaign said Board of Elections records show Dobson first registered to vote in October of 1967 as a Republican. He remained a member of the Republican Party until 1980, when his registration was suspended due to no activity. He failed to register again until 1989, and he remained unaffiliated or a “blank voter” until 2009, when he finally registered as a Democrat, less than four years before his run for sheriff.
“The fact that Dobson’s camp is questioning Bert Dunn’s credentials as a Democrat is pretty astounding, especially when you consider the fact that Dobson spent 42 years as either a Republican or blank,” said Phil Tronolone, spokesman for the Dunn Campaign. “Bert Dunn has spent more time as a Democrat than Dobson has. But the truth is that the hardworking taxpayers of Erie County are not concerned with party labels when it comes to the Sheriff’s Office."