BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Clarence businesswoman Chrissy Casilio-Bluhm is set to run on the Republican ticket for Erie County Executive, and was formally introduced as the candidate Monday morning.

According to her LinkedIn page, Casilio-Bluhm has been the owner of Casilio Communications since 2014, a marketing firm based in Clarence. She is also a member of the Clarence Chamber of Commerce and the Clarence Rotary Club.

A Clarence High School graduate, Casilio-Bluhm received a degree in journalism from the University at Buffalo.

She will run against incumbent Mark Poloncarz as he makes a run for a fourth term as County Executive, a position that he has held since 2012. On Tuesday, Poloncarz was endorsed by the Erie County Democratic Committee.

“The stakes have never been higher and I believe we will win because you will not find a greater contrast to Mark Poloncarz than me,” Casilio-Bluhm said during Monday’s announcement.

Also expected to run is former Grand Island town supervisor Nate McMurray, who made headlines at Tuesday’s Democratic Committee meeting by saying to Poloncarz, “Erie County sucks.”

Casilio-Bluhm’s official announcement was made Monday morning in Clarence.

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