Steve Cichon, the Democratic-endorsed candidate for Erie County clerk, has been handing out palm cards that state, "I think the County Clerk's office is the greatest job in Erie County. It's the most direct service-oriented position in government."
High praise for a position that processes deeds, titles, pistol permits, car registrations and driver's licenses. But his opinion of the job grew even more when he spoke about the position with The Buffalo News Editorial Board on Wednesday.
He called it "the greatest job in the world."
He also said he has no political aspirations beyond being a good Erie County clerk and even offered to swear on a Bible.
"Not in wildest dreams would I think of leaving the Clerk's Office in two years," he said.
Though he might not want the position for decades, he said two four-year terms in office, not including this two-year partial term, would suit him fine.
"If I can't get done everything I need to get done in two full terms," he said, "then it's time to let somebody else try."
Cichon, a Democrat, is running against Michael P. Kearns, a Democrat endorsed by the Republican Party.
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