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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

By +Scott Leffler

Roger Sherrie
The final piece of the electoral puzzle heading into November's elections was decided this afternoon at the Niagara County Board of Elections.

The Working Families Party line for Lockport mayor was still up for grabs prior to this afternoon's recanvassing and counting of write-in ballots cast on Primary Election Day, Sept. 11.

Democrat Roger Sherrie held onto the line as the seven votes he received election night topped the split of the write-ins cast.

Republican Election Commissioner Jennifer Fronczak said that of the eight write-in votes cast, five were for incumbent Mayor Anne McCaffrey and three were for Democratic challenger Mike Pillot. Pillot needed all eight of the write-in votes to stay in the race.

The mayoral race will be between McCaffrey on the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines; and Sherrie on the Democrat and Working Families lines.

Sherrie released a statement following the announcement of the win. It follows in its entirety:
I am grateful more Working Families Party members voted for me rather than any other one candidate. I took my endorsement by the party very seriously and believe that it really stands for something. Each of my opponents had an opportunity to seek the party’s endorsement and one even did. Unlike some political parties, the Working Families Party has a history of endorsing candidates regardless of their political affiliation. If my Republican opponent had any respect for working families, she would have sought the party’s endorsement and gone through their screening process instead of relying on some electoral gimmick.”
NOTE: Story edited at 4:18 p.m. to add statement from Sherrie campaign.

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