BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Mark Poloncarz said shortly before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday that he was declaring himself the victor in the closely-contested Erie County Executive race.
The incumbent Democrat sought a third term, challenged by Independent County Legislator Lynne Dixon. Dixon caucuses with the Republicans and had the GOP line in this race.
Poloncarz’s victory means he is only the second Democratic three-term county executive ever, and the first since Dennis Gorski, who served from 1988 through 1999.
Dixon is a five-term legislator who voted at the Hamburg Community Center. Over the last nine months, she’s tried to attack Poloncarz on taxes and the condition of county roads.
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In her concession speech, Dixon urged women who feel the pull of politics to get involved.
During the campaign, Poloncarz credited himself with strengthening the area’s economy during his tenure, and investing in what he calls the people’s mandates, things like libraries and cultural institutions.