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DeBenedetti quits Legislature race

The lineup for the County Legislature's 6th District changed Friday when former Legislator Albert DeBenedetti withdrew his candidacy and Ralph R. Hernandez emerged as a likely replacement.

DeBenedetti had circulated and filed designating petitions in a challenge to incumbent Democrat Maria R. Whyte. But he said Friday that the nominating process had rekindled bad memories.

"I found myself dealing with special interest groups and narrow points of view, as well as people primarily interested in promoting themselves," DeBenedetti said. "It all hit me in the face again after struggling with that for 14 years."

Hernandez, a member of the Buffalo Board of Education, said he was approached by the district's committee on vacancies and planned to file the necessary paperwork Friday to replace DeBenedetti.

"My vision is of a county that demonstrates what bipartisan cooperation, resource value education and well-researched long-range planning can accomplish," he said in announcing his candidacy.

If accepted by the Board of Elections, Hernandez would face Whyte in the September 18 Democratic primary.


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