By Robert J. McCarthy
Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said Tuesday it may be March before a candidate to replace Lynn M. Marinelli in the County Legislature is chosen.
Following a presentation by nine interested candidates to party leaders Monday evening in Democratic Headquarters, Zellner said nobody has yet emerged as a leading candidate. He described the situation as "gridlock."
"Nobody controls this endorsement," he said. "There is going to have to be a consensus to put this together."
He said some party leaders suggest leaving the seat vacant, while others suggest submitting three names to be chosen by the Democratic members of the Legislature.
"I don't see that happening," he said.
While Zellner and other party leaders hoped the Monday meeting would produce a choice to be approved by legislative Democrats on Feb. 20, he said he now does not envision a decision until March.