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Richard C. Pawarski, a former city auditor and deputy Buffalo comptroller, is now a candidate for Erie County comptroller.

An attorney and certified public accountant, Pawarski said he will bring credentials as well as independence to the race.

"The people want someone who has a proven record of integrity," he said, "an individual who has shown he can say no to the political establishment when it puts its own interest over the public's."

Pawarski, 48, is no stranger to local politics. He ran unsuccessfully for Buffalo comptroller in 1999, for Family Court in 2001, and County Legislature in 2003.

Buffalo attorney Mark C. Poloncarz already has declared his candidacy for comptroller, while Robert E. Whelan, a former Buffalo comptroller and State Supreme Court justice, is weighing a bid.

No Republican has entered the race following the decision of Republican incumbent Nancy A. Naples not to run for a fourth term.

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