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Poloncarz to announce on May 7

   While most of Western New York focuses on the May 24 special election for the 26th Congressional District, Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz is close to reminding Erie County voters that there will also be a contest for county executive this year.

   The county comptroller said this week he will announce his intentions on May 7, and nobody in the local political world is doubting he will officially declare his candidacy against incumbent Republican Chris Collins that day.

   "I feel very confident I will make the right decision," Poloncarz said.

   The Democrat faces an uphill battle. Collins has been raking in campaign money over his rookie term and has a vast personal fortune at his disposal should he need it. And most political observers say he remains popular in many areas of the county.

   But Erie County still counts 133,000 more Democrats than Republicans, and Poloncarz appears ready to take the shot.

--Robert J. McCarthy

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