By Robert J. McCarthy
Erie County Democrats may be looking for a new candidate to face Republican incumbent Stefan I. Mychajliw for county comptroller this fall.
Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said Tuesday that health problems could force Lynn Szalkowski of Hamburg from the race. He added Szalkowski is privately dealing with a health issue, and that while she has not withdrawn, it is possible the party may eventually have to find a replacement candidate.
"I'm definitely concerned," Zellner said. "Hopefully, this thing will turn around or we can find someone else."
Szalkowski, 39, is a certified public accountant employed by the Seneca Construction Management Corp. She was unavailable for comment.
Her possible departure from the race could prove a major disappointment to local Democrats. Her ethnic last name and financial credentials were expected to be touted against Mychajliw, a former television reporter.