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Oct. 21, 1974: Sen. James D. Griffin seeks fifth term

Forty years ago, The News was introducing the candidates for various elected offices around Western New York, including in the State Senate.

Jimmy Griffin was three years away from a run for Buffalo mayor — a job he would hold for a record four terms. Griffin won re-election to the Senate in 1974 and 1976 before being elected mayor in 1977.

"Griffin seeks 5th term, urges election reform"

“ 'I think the limit should be about $25,000 … This is where Watergate started.’

“Mr. Griffin said he limits individual contributions to $300 and collects and spends about $7,000 to $8,000.

“'I think television could help by providing more time. TV is a very costly way to campaign and I think there are other ways — the way I do it, for example, by person-to-person campaigning, at bingo games, going door-to-door and in shopping plazas.’ ”

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