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Ex-county lawmaker Reynolds seeking to return in 9th District

Former Erie County Legislator Robert B. Reynolds Jr. hopes to return to the Legislature, but the woman who took over for him, Legislator Lynne M. Dixon, plans to seek re-election.

Reynolds, a Hamburg Democrat, said this week that he submitted letters to five party chairmen seeking interviews and endorsements to run for the newly formed 9th District.

Reynolds perviously served four years representing the 12th District before losing the seat to Lynne M. Dixon, an Independence Party member.

"I believe I have the experience and the knowledge to bring true leadership back to the Legislature," Reynolds said. "I think what's been lacking in the last few years is leadership."

Reynolds, who retired from Ford Motor Co. after 31 years, was vice president of Local 897, United Auto Workers, at the Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg. He now works part time as a senior election clerk at the Erie County Board of Elections.

If re-elected, he plans to continue to work on housing, green energy and libraries, among other issues. He lives in Hamburg with his wife, Diane, and has three daughters.

Dixon, from Hamburg, announced Wednesday she also plans to seek re-election in the 9th District.

Dixon, a former television journalist, has served one term in the Legislature and caucuses with the GOP.

"Over the past two years, I have fought as an independent voice to reform government and protect Erie County taxpayers," Dixon said. "We have made major strides to return government back to the people."

Dixon listed accomplishments including downsizing the Legislature, closing of district offices and implementing Silver Alert. She lives in the Village of Hamburg with her husband, Tim Quinlivan, and their four children.

Other candidates for the new district, which will represent Hamburg, Lackawanna and South Buffalo, include attorney Dennis Gaughan and Hamburg Councilman John Gorman.