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Democrats to endorse Cichon for clerk following Curry's withdrawal

Erie County Democrats will have one less candidate to consider when they endorse for county clerk Wednesday night following Tuesday's withdrawal of Janique S. Curry as a candidate.

A former Buffalo Board of Education member who now works as an Erie County Medical Center administrator, Curry said in a letter to party officials that she wants to devote more time to her family and job.

“My current position as compliance coordinator for ECMC will continue to allow me to supply a vital service to county residents,” she said in a letter to Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner. “In addition, of utmost importance to me is my family and its well being.”

Even before Curry ended her potential candidacy, Zellner has made it clear his organization favors Steve Cichon, a former WBEN reporter and news director. And Zellner said Tuesday he expects his Executive Committee to overwhelmingly support Cichon over Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns, a Democrat who will also run on the Republican and Conservative lines.

Zellner said though Kearns met with him earlier this year to discuss the race, he never officially requested the party’s endorsement and will not be considered.

A Curry candidacy was viewed as potentially significant because it could have attracted African-American Democrats on Primary Day, in turn benefiting Mayor Byron W. Brown as he seeks re-election.

Now, mayoral opponent Mark J.F. Schroeder – the city comptroller – can possibly realize a similar advantage as more voters from his South Buffalo base potentially trek to the polls to support Kearns.

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