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A Cheektowaga police sergeant said Wednesday he will challenge Republican Denise E. Marshall in the County Legislature's 5th District.

Ronald P. Jakubowski, a member of the Police Department since 1978, has been contacting party members and other potential supporters, and officially announced his candidacy Wednesday. He said he will work to bring a more cooperative and nonpartisan approach to county government.

"We all know from personal experience that it is easier to reach agreements if we have good working relationships and if we respect each other as individuals as we negotiate on issues," Jakubowski said.

A graduate of Niagara University with a master's degree from Fredonia State College, Jakubowski has worked as a patrol sergeant and arson investigator.