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County Democrats recommend Lenihan for elections post

The executive committee of the Erie County Democratic Committee Thursday unanimously recommended Leonard R. Lenihan Jr. for appointment as the Democratic commissioner of the county Board of Elections.

If the appointment is approved by the County Legislature, Lenihan, 66, would succeed Dennis E. Ward, who in September gained a bipartisan nomination for State Supreme Court that virtually guarantees his election in November.

Jeremy J. Zellner, chairman of the county committee, said, “Given the unanimous support of our entire executive committee, coupled with Mr. Lenihan’s record of service to our community, his leadership roles as a lawmaker, personnel commissioner and commitment to our party, I urge the Erie County Legislature to act swiftly to appoint him.”