County Executive Candidates To Face-Off

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - A debate between Republican Incumbent Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Democratic Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz will happen tonight. It is expected to get heated.

Earlier this week, a new Siena Research poll showed a very close race. They were even calling it a statistical tie. It shows incumbent Collins up by only three points. The poll has Collins leading Poloncarz 49 percent to 46 percent.

"People know what we've accomplished. They remember back four years ago, the desperate straights this county was in. They know the hard control board is gone. They know we're paying cash for capital and paying down debt. They get the property tax bill and they know we've held taxes with results and accomplishments," Collins said.

"Erie County deserves a county executive who will focus on job creation for middle class and that is what I will do as the next county executive. I understand we must put our skilled job force back to work. As county executive, my number one priority will be job creation for the people of Erie County," Poloncarz said.

Although the polls show the race is close, funding reports show Poloncarz is far behind Collins. He has raised about $213 thousand, which lags far behind Collins' $1.27 million.

The candidates will go head to head at 9 p.m. at the WNED studios. Both men are hoping to sway voters their way. The election will take place November 8th.