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Zellner approaches Wielinski for clerk; Jacobs gets labor backing

By Robert J. McCarthy

   Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said today he has approached Brian Wielinski, deputy Cheektowaga town clerk, about challenging incumbent Republican Christopher L. Jacobs for county clerk this year.
   "I think he'd be a dynamite candidate," Zellner said, noting his Cheektowaga base and Polish heritage -- traditional political plusses in Erie County. He also said Wielinski has not given a final answer, but that he considers it a "50-50" possibility tht he may have found his challenger.
   Many Democrats have expressed concern that no candidate has yet been found to take on Jacobs, who is considered the favorite.
   Jacobs, meanwhile, said he has been endorsed by the Buildings and Construction Trades Council of Buffalo, an umbrella organization of 18 construction unions. He has also been endorsed by Ironworkers Local 6, he said.

 

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