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The Sun election 2013 coverage: New York state primary

The New York state primary election will be held on Sept. 10. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. A runoff primary, if necessitated, will be held on Oct. 1. The general election will take place Nov. 5.

All local candidates appearing on the primary ballot were invited by The Sun to submit profiles and photographs. Below are the individuals running in the Sept. 10 primary.

Bert Dunn
Bert Dunn
Erie County Sheriff

Bert Dunn is running for Erie County sheriff. He is endorsed by the Democratic Party and also by the last Democratic sheriff, Tom Higgins.

At the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn is a current lieutenant and day watch commander; he is also a former sergeant and deputy. He is the president of Bert’s Bikes and Fitness. Dunn was also a former patrolman in the town of Hamburg. He received his master’s degree from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Dunn said that, as the son of a Buffalo firefighter, he “knows the value of hard work,” is committed to working with families of Erie County and will make the area “safer for all.” He said that he has the ability to take a non-political approach in managing a $100 million budget and added that he considers his education and his experience with his bicycle business a sustainable background for the job.

“The people of Erie County deserve a sheriff who is passionate about the sheriff’s office, who is skilled in managing budgets and delivering quality services, understands and embraces technology and plans for the future,” he said.

For more information about this candidate, visit

Mark DeCarlo
Councilman for town of Brant

Mark DeCarlo is running for the councilman position in the town of Brant. He is an endorsed candidate of the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties.

He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a major in finance, from St. Bonaventure University. He is a father, husband and a 10-year small-business owner. He was raised in Brant and currently resides there, with his family. “Low taxes, a responsive government and quality town services are all important to me,” he said.

His stated goals are to lower taxes, retain and improve town services, ensure a safe community, support community groups, streamline government, stimulate business development and eliminate waste and inefficiency.

For more information about this candidate, call 570-2660, email or visit

[photo3]Edward MichalskiEvans Highway Superintendent

Edward Michalski is running for a sixth term as highway superintendent in the town of Evans.

He said that he takes pride in the fact that he has “never exceeded or overspent the department’s budgeted appropriations, during his 24-year tenure, despite increasing costs of materials and equipment.”

Michalski has overseen several drainage projects, coordinated a fuel management system for accountability purposes, applied for Consolidated Highway Improvement Funds, filed for FEMA reimbursements for storm-related emergencies and shared services with other municipalities.

Since the creation of a department of public works in Evans, Michalski has served as coordinator of town projects, utilizing town equipment and employees.

Born and raised in Hamburg, he graduated from St. Mary of the Lake and Frontier Central schools and attended the Community College of the Finger Lakes, where he received an associate degree in science. He attended SUC at Brockport and earned a bachelor’s degree in science, as well as a certification to teach.

He served in the United States Air Force and worked at Bethlehem Steel for 10 years, as a millwright. He was a member of United Steelworkers Local 2603. When the plant closed, he went into the construction business for 11 years until 1989, when he was elected superintendent of highways.

He has been married to his wife Nancy for 43 years and has been living in Evans since 1975. The couple has four children and 11 grandchildren.

Michalski has been a member of the North Evans Volunteer Fire Company, serving as a volunteer fireman, for 37 years. He was elected fire commissioner of the North Evans Fire District in 1987 and served in that capacity for 15 years. He is currently secretary to the fire department and the fire district.

The Evans highway superintendent said that his decision to seek re-election is based on his continued enthusiasm for the position, especially for the challenges of the newly-created department of public works.

His stated goals are to continue to improve and maintain 70 centerline miles of roads; to continue to organize the town’s department of public works for cost effectiveness and to work with board members and departments to improve programs and services.

Don Clark
Don Clark
Brant Supervisor

Don Clark is an endorsed candidate of the Republican and Democratic parties. He is currently a councilman for the Brant Town Board. In 2012, he was the town deputy supervisor. He was a past chairman of the zoning board of appeals and also a volunteer fireman for the town.

He is a member of Holy Spirit Church and a member of the Holy Name Society. Clark is a graduate of Lake Shore High School and received his associate degree from the State University of New York at Canton.

He has resided in the town of Brant for 26 years. There, he raised his four daughters with his wife, Marise. He and his wife have been active in both church organizations and the local government. Clark said that he would like to “ensure the wonderful quality of life for” all residents of Brant.

As an operations manager, he said that he feels he has developed a leadership perspective. “I sincerely believe my fundamental understanding of the goals of success can be applied in the administration of the town of Brant,” he said.

He said that he will listen to residents’ concerns and engage the entire board to discuss, research and act collectively towards a resolution. “Above all,” he said that he plans to make decisions in a fiscally responsible manner.

Lynne Dixon
Lynne Dixon
Erie County Legislator – 9th District

Legislator Lynne Dixon currently represents the 9th District of the Erie County Legislature, which includes Blasdell, Hamburg, Lackawanna and a portion of South Buffalo. She was first elected to the Erie County Legislature in November 2009 on a reform platform that included reducing the size of the Legislature and eliminating district offices. She was re-elected to her second term in November 2011.

Her stated focus is to provide residents with quality services, while holding the line on taxes. Last year, Dixon joined a bipartisan effort to eliminate the county executive’s proposed tax increase, while still providing funding for certain residential programs and services.

Dixon said that she is committed to maintaining the county’s infrastructure and said she advocates that investments be made in roads and bridges, to resolve issues now, before they become more costly.

Dixon has been involved with the Yellow Dot program, Silver Alert initiative to locate missing adults and the cyber-bullying law, which focuses on protecting youth. She hosts community meetings throughout the district, to meet directly with residents to discuss concerns. She also provides boater safety courses and car seat checks.

Dixon has organized the Prom Dress Drive for four years, to provide free gowns to local girls. She has also partnered with local schools for her Valentines for Veterans program, which delivers thousands of cards to local veterans and service men and women.  

Dixon has had involvement in each of the communities she represents and said that she believes that meeting with elected officials from all levels of government, residents and community leaders provides a unique understanding of what is important to the greater community.

She currently serves on the Legislature’s public safety, minority and women enterprise and health and human services committees.

She has been part of various charities, associations and fundraising events, including Kids Escaping Drugs, Say Yes, Parent-Child Connection, Hamburg Finance Academy, New York State Association of Counties and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She was also a founding member of the local Make-A-Wish chapter and currently serves on the board for both the Meals on Wheels for Western New York and Buffalo’s Say Yes to Education.

She spent 22 years as a journalist, including 12 years as a general assignment reporter at WGRZ-TV. She received the inaugural Tim Russert Award, in addition to the Best of Gannett, New York State Broadcasters and Associated Press awards.

Lynne and her husband Tim live in the village of Hamburg with their children, Jack, Erin, Owen and Caroline.

Stefan Mychajliw
Erie County Comptroller

Republican Stefan Mychajliw Jr. became the Erie County comptroller in November 2012. He is running for re-election, this year.

Mychajliw is the son of a Ukrainian immigrant. He served as a television news reporter for several years, including at WGRZ-TV. He also helped found the Profit Media Group and said that his instincts as an investigative reporter, as well as his ability to successfully manage a business, make him the ideal choice to serve as the watchdog for Erie County’s finances.

He is also running for a place on the Independent Party ballot.

Richard Dobson Sr.
Erie County Sheriff

Dobson is running for a spot on the Democratic Party ballot.

Anthony D’Orazio Jr.
Erie County Comptroller

D’Orazio is an Independent Party candidate.

Brian BurkeErie County Legislator – 9th District
Burke is an Independent Party candidate.

Heidi Higgins
Town of Boston Councilman

Higgins is a Conservative Party candidate.

Jeffrey Genzel
Town of Boston Councilman

Genzel is a Conservative Party candidate.

Leonard Pero
Town of Brant Supervisor

Pero is a candidate for the Republican Party.

Jeffrey Gier
Town of Brant Councilman

Gier is an Independent Party candidate.

Paulette Renaldo
Town of Brant Councilman

Renaldo is an Independent Party candidate.

Dominic Calandra
Evans Highway Superintendent

Calandra is an Independent Party candidate.


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