Eagan Withdraws as Candidate for Democratic Party Chair

September 21, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM EDT

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Eagan Withdraws as Candidate for Democratic Party Chair

September 21, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Release) - Today, James J. Eagan, Executive Vice President of Midwood Financial Services, Inc. and a candidate for Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee announced his withdrawal from the race. In a statement released by Mr. Eagan, he expressed his continued commitment to Erie County Democrats and his dedication to public service:

"As a Democrat who believes strongly in our local organization, it has been a pleasure to meet with members of the Erie County Democratic Committee and to discuss the future direction of the Party."

"However, I am also deeply committed to other community activities and have decided to concentrate my efforts on the betterment of our region in my capacities as a board member of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and the SPCA serving Erie County, as well as other community endeavors,"

"I am pleased that my candidacy has helped highlight issues within our party that the next leader will now address and I look forward to being of service, as I have long been committed to, for Erie County Democrats,"

"I withdraw my name as a candidate for chairman with thanks to the members of the committee. Their support and friendship is very much appreciated."