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DESPITE LOSS, MCCARTNEY TO STAY IN COMMON COUNCIL RACE

The campaign for Buffalo Common Council will continue in the Niagara District even after the usually decisive Democratic primary.

Susan A. McCartney, who finished second in Tuesday's primary only 164 votes behind Dominic J. Bonifacio Jr., said this week she will continue her efforts on the Independence, Liberal and Green lines.

"The Niagara District race is alive and well," Ms. McCartney said. "We feel we can run a very strong campaign."

Bonifacio, the endorsed Democrat, triumphed Tuesday with only 896 votes in a field of six. Ms. McCartney reasons that with the field diminished to her, Bonifacio and Republican nominee Mario Torres Pratts, she is able to challenge -- even in a heavily Democratic district.

She said since 72 percent of the district's Democrats voted against Bonifacio, she stands a chance. And because she expects several other defeated candidates to support her effort, she can raise enough money to compete.

"We will raise significant funds," she said. "And it will be a much better race because we'll have more defined positions."

Bonifacio said he expected that he would have to contend in November.

"It wasn't a decisive victory by any means," he said. "Sue is a good candidate. We'll both bring up the issues to the voters of the Niagara District and see what happens."

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