The News asked the two candidates for county executive 20 questions on major issues in the campaign. Their responses have been given one day at a time.
>Question 20: If elected, do you intend to seek a second term? Why or why not?
Christopher C. Collins:
"I've certainly got the energy," said the 57-year-old Republican.
"Yes, I'm willing to put myself forth for eight years."
Collins said he's confident that, if elected, he can accomplish enough in his first term to warrant a second in the eyes of voters.
"I think the next eight years are going to be an exciting eight years for Western New Yorkers," he said, "as we develop the waterfront, as we build a Peace Bridge, as the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus continues to expand, as Kaleida and [the Erie County Medical Center] come together and we build a worldclass heart center."
James P. Keane:
"I'm capable of it," said the 61-year-old Democrat. "I'm up to it."
Keane, who came out of retirement to run for county executive, called it presumptuous for any candidate who hasn't been elected to one four-year term to speculate on whether he might serve a second term.
"Am I willing to do it, yes," he said. "But I don't want to talk about a second term until, gosh, people give me a first."