BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A scheduled debate Wednesday night between the candidates for Erie County Sheriff never took place. That’s because only one of three candidates showed up.
Democratic Challenger Richard Dobson focused on what he wanted to say and took questions directly from the audience. All three candidates were invites from the group We Are Women Warriors at the downtown library. Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard and Law and Order Candidate Bert Dunn did not show up.
One of Dobson’s main issues he says is the lack of diversity within the sheriff’s office. Dobson also says during these debates, he’s learned more about what he calls the real problems in Erie County.
Dobson said, “I've learned something every time. Mostly out in the hall speaking with you ladies and gentlemen who are telling me about the issues and concerns that are occurring in this community. I thought I knew what the problems were, I was just scratching the surface.”
Dobson also pointed out that the police patrol services has 134 officers and claims that only one is black. He says he wants to improve the diversity, but also encourages more minorities to take the exam to better represent the diverse community.
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