Big Day For Erie County Executive Candidates

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's been a long haul for Erie County Executive candidates and they got an early start casting their votes, Tuesday.

Republican Incumbent Chris Collins and his wife voted around 6:30 a.m. at the Clarence Fire Hall. He talked to voters, spreading his message of smaller government and lower taxes for the people of Erie County. He also talked about his passed accomplishments.

"Our results and accomplishments speak for themselves and I'm sure that will bring us home tonight," Collins said.

Poloncarz also made his way to the polls at Lafayette High School in Buffalo. He said he is nervous but confident about where he stands in the race. He also talked about what he will stand for as County Executive.

"My message of responsible leadership that represents all the people and we'll work for the people of Erie County," Poloncarz said.

A recent polls shows that the candidates are in a dead tie but both Collins and Poloncarz said the polls are just a snapshot. What really matters are the votes that are cast.

"I hope every voter gets out. Clearly, if you look back four years ago I carried most of the cities towns and villages," Collins said.

Poloncarz agrees that voter turnout is key.

"Voters have the opportunity to have a say in the county the next four years and I feel confident we had a great campaign with a get out of the vote campaign," Poloncarz said.

Candidates said they were focused on the issues the last few weeks but the campaign had its share of controversy. That drama included voter fraud accusations that are still being debated. There was also a phone call scandal. Recently, signs were stolen, which led to one campaign blaming another. At the polls, neither Collins nor Poloncarz wanted to focus on the negative.

They said the bottom line is getting voters to the polls. They encourage people to take advantage of the right to vote for whom they think is best for the job.

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