BUFFALO, NY-- Regional activist and attorney Kevin Gaughan has accepted the Erie County Democratic party's office to run for Erie County Comptroller.
Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner asked Gaughan after Lynn M. Szalkowski, the Dems' endorsed candidate, formally withdrew from the race earlier this month due to health reasons.
"Most people in Erie County know Kevin Gaughan, and his record of independence and advocacy on behalf of hardworking taxpayers," said Zellner in a prepared statement. "Kevin has unquestionable integrity, and a deep commitment to our community. There could not be a better taxpayer watchdog than Kevin, who has already saved local taxpayers more than $5.2 million per year without having served a single day in public office."
Gaughan will face current Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw in the general election. "I look forward to a spirited campaign," said Mychajliw in an interview last week. "We're going to run a positive campaign letting people know that I'm their independent watchdog and I have a strong record at fighting for them and fighting politicians. I don't know much about my potential opponent and that's why no matter who it is we're going to focus on our record."