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Of debates and polls

By Jill Terreri

A quick catch up on the mayoral election:

The Democratic primary is quickly approaching - less than three weeks away - and debates can be a good way to learn the differences between the candidates. That of course depends on several factors, including how completely the candidates answer each question.

Mayor Byron Brown is seeking a third term. Democrat Bernie Tolbert, a former special agent in charge of the FBI in Buffalo, is running, as is Republican Sergio Rodriguez, a Marine veteran. Rodriguez is also staging a write-in campaign for the Conservative line during the Sept. 10 primary. 

The second debate was held last night at St. Mary's School for the Deaf. My story on the debate is here, and the entire event was captured on video by WIVB-TV, and can be watched here. The candidates discussed several topics, some of which were discussed during last week's debate, though a discussion of ECC's proposed expansion in Amherst broke new ground. 

Last week's debate, hosted by The Buffalo News and organized by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, focused on education, crime and jobs. WIVB also has full video here

The next debate will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in WNED studios, with participation from WBFO, The News and WGRZ.  

But maybe you're just into the horserace. The Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV has commissioned two polls, one in June and one in August. The crosstabs are posted below.

The latest poll showed Brown nearly 30 points ahead of Tolbert. The results were nearly unchanged from the June poll. Brown is doing well despite his low marks in key categories, News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy wrote then.  

(The August poll also yielded high marks for Rep. Brian Higgins and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, and showed voters do not approve of Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela Brown.)


Siena0813 Crosstabs, Buffalo mayor's race

Crosstabs for a Siena College poll on the Buffalo mayor's race from June 2013.


Bernie Tolbert | Byron Brown | City of Buffalo | Mayoral Campaign 2013 | Mayoral Race 2013 | Sergio Rodriguez
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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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