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Dobson also accused of party switching

 

Dunn and Dobson
Erie County sheriff candidate Bert Dunn, left, and his Democratic primary opponent Dick Dobson trade accusations.

 

By Tom Precious

   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."

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