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.
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.
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