BUFFALO, NY - Stefan Mychajliw will serve another term as Erie County Comptroller.
With 70% of the precincts reporting, 2 On Your Side is declaring Mychajliw the winner with 59% of the votes. Gaughan has 41%.
Mychajliw called the victory a "people's mandate," and he credited his negative television advertisement against Gaughan as a boost to his margin of victory. The Republican incumbent first won a special election in 2012 after years of working in both public relations and in television as a reporter, including here at Channel 2.
"We have a mandate for four years. A people's mandate. People appreciate that I stand up for taxpayers and hold politicians in power accountable," Mychajliw said. "This was a historic victory in a heavily Democratic county."
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Gaughan says he called Mychajliw and congratulated him on the win.
Mychajliw's re-election ensures a Republican in the comptroller's office, opposite of Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Mychajliw has levied frequent criticism toward Poloncarz's adminstration since taking office, and he promised to continue to "hold politicians in power accountable."
"I think, big picture, this was a bad night for the county executive. Period," Mychajliw said. "This was a historic victory for Erie County Republicans."