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Wallace wins primary for 143rd District seat

Democrats in Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Depew appear to have overwhelmingly chosen in a Democratic primary political newcomer Monica P. Wallace over Angela Wozniak to run in November for the 143st Assembly seat.

Wallace, a Lancaster lawyer and University at Buffalo Law School professor, had the Democratic Party endorsement and apparently made a persuasive appeal to voters about bringing ethics and integrity back to the scandal-plagued office.

Wallace, 48, defeated Kristy L. Mazurek, a former television reporter with deep civic ties in Lancaster.

Mazurek, 45, campaigned on similar ethics reform themes but has been criticized for her past work for political operative G. Steven Pigeon, a political operative indicted on bribery, extortion and other charges.

Wallace will face Republican Russell W. Sugg, a Lancaster village trustee, in the general election in November.

The 143rd District seat attracted considerable attention in early 2014 when Democratic Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak resigned after seven women who are former staffers accused him of sexual harassment.

His successor, Republican Angela M. Wozniak, rode into office on a wave of reform but declined to seek re-election after the revelation of an extramarital affair with a staff member.


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