Erie County Comptroller Candidates Send Final Messages to Voters

November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM EDT

Buffalo N.Y. (WKBW) The two men vying for the position of Erie County Comptroller taking to the streets today for some last minute campaigning as voters hit the polls.

Incumbent Stephan Mychajliw, the republican candidate has referenced what he believes to be a successful time in office, and says his progress would continue going forward.

Challenger and democratic candidate, Kevin Gaughan has worked for the last 15 years reforming and studying governments all over Erie County.

In recent interviews, Gaughan told Eyewitness News "Mr. Mychajliw has been in office for 10 months. During that period, not one thing has changed."

"I led by example and my first comprehensive review was of my own office. I cut my own budget $500,000 this year and another $100,000 next year," said incumbent Comptroller Stephan Mychajliw.

Current Comptroller Mychajliw has a background in journalism and says spending time covering fiscal stories gives him an edge.

Challenger Gaughan, who studied at the London School of Economics, is an attorney and an advocate for government reform. He says he has the experience needed for the position.