Erie County Comptroller Race Heats Up

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM EDT

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) - With only one week until Election Day, the race for Erie County Comptroller is heating up.

Both candidates are attacking their opponents abilities to manage finances and to stand up for the best interest of the taxpayers.

"Mr. Mychajliw has been in office for 10 months. During that period, not one thing has changed," said Challenger Kevin Gaughan.

"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 Comptroller Stephan Mychajliw.

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

Challenger Gaghan, 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.

Election day is next Tuesday, November 5.