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Gaughan to run for Legislature

Attorney Dennis Gaughan announced Friday he is a candidate for the newly formed 9th District seat in the Erie County Legislature, representing Hamburg, Lackawanna and South Buffalo.

Gaughan, who has practiced law for 27 years, operates a law firm in the Southtowns.

"I have years of experience negotiating, listening and solving complex problems for my office's clients," Gaughan said. "This experience gives me the insight and the ability to work with others and promote progress for small-business owners in the 9th District."

Gaughan, currently vice chairman of the Hamburg Democratic Party, is seeking election on the Democratic, Conservative, Independence and Working Family lines. A Hamburg resident, he is married to the former Mary Rose DeBergalis and has three sons -- Charles, Dennis Jr. and Joseph.

In other developments in the 9th District contest, Legislator Daniel M. Kozub, D-Hamburg, announced Friday he definitely is ending his six-year run in County Hall. Last week, he said he was reconsidering his decision to retire from the Legislature.

Kozub said the entry of Hamburg Councilman John Gorman into the race had changed his mind. He said he believes Gorman can beat Legislator Lynne M. Dixon, an Independence Party member from Hamburg who caucuses with the GOP.

"If they did not have anybody, then absolutely, I would have run," he said. "But I think John Gorman is a good candidate."

Also exploring a Democratic candidacy is Matthew N. Davison, an official with the Peace Bridge Authority.