Dobson Declares Victory, Dunn Waiting on Absentee Ballots
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) One of the candidates in the Erie County Sheriff's Democratic primary has declared victory. The other is waiting for absentee ballots to be counted.
Dick Dobson's campaign declared victory leading Bert Dunn by 700 votes. "I'm pleased with the results, and as more numbers come in we'll put this further over the top," says Dobson. "I had my moral compass pointed in the right direction, I knew I wanted to be sheriff desperately, and I knew as long as I stayed on my message I knew I would win."
Dobson says Dunn ran a good campaign. "He's an honest man, and I have no problems with him," says Dobson, who will now take on incumbent Republican Tim Howard in November.
Dunn, however, is not so quick to concede. "There are still 2,400 absentee ballots out there, so we'll see what happens. If we did well with the absentee ballots, we could overcome this," says Dunn. Dunn says he didn't enter the race to be the next great politician, but wanted to make a difference in the agency he worked for and "had to take a shot at it."
Dunn has no regrets about not responding to negative ads. "I was advised by some to go negative, but I refused because if you want to prove you have integrity you have to show it as well," says Dunn.