KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) - The handcuffs were off Tuesday morning in Kenmore as the three men vying to be Erie County's top law enforcer squared off.
Students and faculty at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute hosted a candidate forum for the race to become Erie County Sheriff.
Republican incumbent sheriff Timothy Howard, Democratic challenger Richard Dobson and third party candidate Bert Dunn were mostly civil as they fielded questions for 45 minutes, but there were a few jabs thrown.
The candidates were asked for their thoughts on things like the New York SAFE Act and conditions at the Erie County Holding Center.
Law and Order candidates Bert Dunn said, "Actually the sheriff's been in power for 16 years, including his undersheriff years. He has had plenty of time to fix the problems what's he waiting for?"
Howard responded, "I think the literary term for when you go for something and it is denied to you to denounce the process is called 'sour grapes.'"
Dobson added, "The sheriff has been in office for eight years that problem should have been addressed long ago."
Dunn was the endorsed Democrat in the race before Dobson defeated him in a close primary election.
The voters will decide who should be sheriff when they take to the polls in the November 5th general election.
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