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Erie County Comptroller democratic candidate upset over attack mailer

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Oct 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-25 08:49:43-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some are questioning the legality of new campaign mailer in the race for Erie County Comptroller.

The mailer and a similar text message is about Democratic candidate Kevin Hardwick, and it calls Hardwick a conservative and a Trump supporter. According to the mailer, it’s paid for by the Friends of Lynne Dixon. Dixon is running on the Republican line.

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According to Hardwick, it went out to democrats living in the City of Buffalo.

“She pretended to be me in leveling these attacks. That's just unacceptable. The Comptroller of Erie County is the chief financial officer, the steward of a billion and a half dollar budget. So, I think that you want someone there that you can trust. And I guess voters have to ask themselves, can you trust someone who can't even run an honest campaign,” Hardwick asked.

Hardwick was a registered Republican until 2018 when he decided to leave the party and register as a Democrat.

"These things are factual," Dixon said. "It’s who he has always been. The Comptroller’s office is no place for someone who is an opportunist or a self dealer," she added.

One political expert said it doesn't violate any election laws.