BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County will have a new sheriff next year, and it won’t be either of the party-endorsed candidates.
The Republican primary in the sheriff’s was taken by John Garcia, who defeated Karen Healy-Case with 11,116 votes to her 7,529.
Kimberly Beaty took in 19,718 votes to beat Brian Gould and Myles Carter on the Democratic side.
Healy-Case had the Erie County Republican Committee and Conservative Party endorsements. Garcia had been endorsed by current Sheriff Tim Howard and former Sheriff Pat Gallivan.
Beaty is the Director of Public Safety at Canisius College. She also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department. Gould had the Erie County Democratic Committee nomination.
Howard is retiring at the end of the year and will run for Supervisor in the town of Wales.