Joanna Pasceri, the former Channel 7 anchorwoman who now serves as spokeswoman for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, says she will not run for county clerk this year.
The Town of Tonawanda resident had expressed interest in the vacant post following the election of former Republican Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs to the State Senate last November. Speculation heightened when she changed her party registration from Democrat to Conservative last year, setting up the possibility of a united Republican-Conservative front in the November general election.
But Pasceri said she has decided to stay in the office of Democratic District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr.
“I said I would explore it and that’s what I did,” she said. “I think I could have been a great county clerk and increased the vision and viability of that office.
“I have had a great interest in politics over a career in the media but could never be involved,” she added. “My first foray says I need to get a better lay of the land.”
Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns, a South Buffalo Democrat who has run with GOP backing throughout his Assembly career, now appears as the front runner for another Republican nod. He is also seeking Democratic backing, as is former School Board member Janique S. Curry.