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2017-11-09 / Front Page

Democratic challenger Bruso upends Morton for 8th District seat

Win gives Democrats control of Erie County Legislature
by BRYAN JACKSON AND AMY ROBB
Editor and Lancaster/Depew Editor


Democratic challenger John Bruso casts his vote during the early hours of Election Day, and by night’s end had scored a victory against incumbent Erie County Legislator Ted Morton. 
Photo by Don DalyPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Democratic challenger John Bruso casts his vote during the early hours of Election Day, and by night’s end had scored a victory against incumbent Erie County Legislator Ted Morton. Photo by Don DalyPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Democrat John Bruso unseated incumbent Republican Ted Morton for a spot in the Erie County Legislature, in what was an important election night for Democrats in local races.

In the race for Erie County’s 8th District, Bruso captured 52 percent of the vote, receiving 10,463 votes, to win the seat and flip the legislature to Democratic control. Morton, who was attempting to win a third term in the 11-member governing body, garnered 9,832 votes, or 48 percent. He also ran on Reform, Conservative and Independence lines.

The turnout was at 35 percent. The 8th District covers part of Cheektowaga, as well as Lancaster and Alden.

In his victory speech at Democratic headquarters, Bruso, a former UPS employee who was also endorsed by the Working Families, Women’s Equality and Green parties, called the win a testament to bringing voters together.


Outgoing Legislator Ted Morton votes at the community center of Sky Harbor Estates on Nov. 7. Morton lost to Democratic candidate John Bruso. 
Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Outgoing Legislator Ted Morton votes at the community center of Sky Harbor Estates on Nov. 7. Morton lost to Democratic candidate John Bruso. Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com “We talked about, when we started this a little under a year ago, we wanted to work with people. We wanted to bring people together,” he said. “We wanted to have cooperation in county government, and we’re going to do that, folks. We’re going to make some good things happen.”

In the Cheektowaga Town Council race, three Democrats — James Rogowski, Timothy Meyers and Brian Nowak — won easily for the trio of contested seats.

According to unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections, Rogowski and Meyers, both incumbents, led the way with 10,688 and 9,956 votes, respectively. Rogowski took home 22 percent of the vote, while Meyers netted 21 per- cent. Nowak won his first term to the board with 8,991 votes, good for 19 percent of the vote, after pacing the Democratic field in September’s Primary.

Rogowski also ran on the Conservative and Working Families lines, Meyers also appeared as a Conservative, and Nowak also had Working Families and Women’s Equality Party endorsements.

The closest contenders were Republicans Patrick Delaney and Doreen Friedrich, who each tallied 10 percent of the vote, with 4,848 and 4,586 votes, respectively. The duo also appeared as Reform candidates.

Current board member Alice Magierski, a Democrat running on the Conservative line, came in fifth place with 4,248 votes, or 9 percent of the total.

Republican and Reform candidate Roger Heymanowski collected 3,881 votes, for 8 percent, and Green Party candidate Carol Przybylak rounded out the field with 615 votes, or 1 percent.

The turnout was 28 percent.

Democrat Patrick Burke, who was unopposed, was reelected as the County Legislature’s 7th District representative with 11,365 votes. He also ran on the Working Families Party line, and turnout for that race was 22 percent. His district includes most of Cheektowaga, as well as Sloan and parts of South Buffalo and Kaisertown.

In the countywide races, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard was leading Bernie Tolbert by 51-49 percent of the vote with 99 percent of the districts reporting at press time. Howard had 106,578 votes to Tolbert’s 102,728.

Howard was on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines, while Tolbert was on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines.

In the race to fill the vacant Erie County clerk’s office, Mickey Kearns held a 52-48 percent lead. Kearns garnered 105,801 votes to Steve Cichon’s 97,952.

Kearns was on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines, while Cichon was on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines.

Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw won a decisive victory over challenger Vanessa Glushefski by 55-45 percent. Mychajliw collected 112,547 votes to Glushefski’s 90,910.

Mychajliw was on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines, while Glushefski was on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

Statewide Proposition 1, asking for approval of a constitutional convention, was defeated 83-17 percent.

All results are unofficial as of press time.

Further information about the elections can be found at www.elections.erie.gov.

David Sherman, Bee managing editor, and Keaton DePriest, Amherst associate editor, contributed to this article.

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