Erie County Executive Candidates Prepare for Election Day

November 7, 2011 Updated Nov 7, 2011 at 7:50 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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November 7, 2011 Updated Nov 7, 2011 at 7:50 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- The latest Sienna Poll shows incumbent Chris Collins and Democratic Candidate Mark Poloncarz in a dead heat for the Erie County Executive Race. Both candidates are encouraging residents to vote Tuesday. Collins, who's served as the Erie County Executive for the last 4 years, toured the Graphic Controls Facility on Exchange Street in Buffalo Monday Morning. In the afternoon, Collins joined Bills Hall of Fame Running Back Thurman Thomas in Amherst to rally voters.

"If they're worried about spending, I'm the candidate that has kept spending down," said Collins. "If they're worried about taxes, my 4 year plan has no tax increase. If they're worried about jobs, my administration creates the jobs that matter by working with the small businesses."

Poloncarz joined other Democrats for a rally outside Buffalo City Hall. The current Erie County Comptroller says he'll spend Monday travelling around Western New York to explain why he should be elected as the next county executive.

"I've been in office 6 years now and found over 30 million dollars in cost saving initiatives," said Poloncarz. "I think the public understands what I've done as comptroller. I'm not just going for votes in the city, or the suburbs but rural areas too."