In a joint announcement Thursday, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Concerned Clergy Coalition endorsed Bernie Tolbert for Erie County sheriff.
“Erie County residents deserve a sheriff who creates a system of accountability and ensures justice for all," Brown said. "To that end, Bernie Tolbert has the professional experience, as a former FBI agent and an international security officer, ... to serve as the county’s top law enforcement officer.”
While it is is not unusual for a one Democrat to endorse another Democrat, Brown's backing of Tolbert is interesting because they were opponents four years ago. Brown defeated Tolbert in the 2013 primary for mayor,
Speaking for the Concerned Clergy Coalition, the Rev. Kinzer Pointer, pastor of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church, said, “First and foremost, he has the safety and security of every human being who comes into his custody at the Sheriff’s Department as his primary focus.”
Tolbert is challenging incumbent Sheriff Timothy Howard in Tuesday’s election.