This is it. Some of the races being decided today began way back in February. Sergio Rodriguez, the 33 year-old Marine running for Mayor of Buffalo on the Republican and Progressive Party lines announced on February 6th. He’s worked hard, and his candidacy has transcended partisanship and honed in on issues that affect every resident of the city of Buffalo.
I don’t expect too many surprises today. There are a handful of close races, from what I hear, but it’s up to you now to go out and cast a vote for the candidates whom you support.
Yesterday, Chris Smith, Brad Riter, and I had great fun recording an hourlong podcast discussing this year’s election cycle and WNY politics in general. As you might expect, it’s as profane as it is funny, so all you delicate flowers who were shocked by this post will want to stay away. The rest of you will likely enjoy it.
My recommendations (not Artvoice’s – just mine) for today’s election are:
BUFFALO MAYOR: SERGIO RODRIGUEZ (R)
COUNTY COMPTROLLER: KEVIN GAUGHAN (D)
COUNTY SHERIFF: DICK DOBSON (D)
ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATURE:
DISTRICT 1: TIM HOGUES (WFP)
DISTRICT 2: BETTY JEAN GRANT (D)
DISTRICT 3: LYNN MARINELLI (D)
DISTRICT 4: BILL CONRAD (D)
DISTRICT 5: TOM LOUGHRAN (D)
DISTRICT 6: ALAN GETTER (D)
DISTRICT 7: PAT BURKE (D)
DISTRICT 8: WYNNIE FISHER (D)
DISTRICT 9: MIKE SCHRAFT (D)
DISTRICT 10 & 11: NO ENDORSEMENT
AMHERST SUPERVISOR: MARK MANNA (D)
CLARENCE TOWN BOARD: PAT CASILIO (R), TRACY FRANCISCO (D)
NORTH TONAWANDA TOWN ATTORNEY: JOSH DUBS (D)
ALL PROPOSITIONS: VOTE YES
Whichever way you vote, please make sure you do. Polls are open 6am – 9pm in Erie County.
I’ll post reactions tonight on Twitter, and follow the #WNYVotes hashtag.