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Conservative Party backs Walter for county executive

After an unfruitful dalliance with Democratic incumbent Mark C. Poloncarz, the Erie County Conservative Party is instead supporting Republican challenger Raymond W. Walter for county executive this year.

Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo said Walter’s embrace of conservative values through his career in the County Legislature and Assembly swayed his committee to grant its enthusiastic endorsement Thursday evening.

“Those strong conservative values are something that will resonate throughout Erie County, and I believe he will win,” Lorigo said.

Other Conservative Party endorsements include:

• Democrat Peter J. Savage III, of Buffalo, for County Legislature, District 3.

• Republican Kevin R. Hardwick, of the City of Tonawanda, for County Legislature, District 4.

• Democrat Thomas A. Loughran, of Amherst, for County Legislature, District 5.

• Republican Edward A. Rath III, of Amherst, for County Legislature, District 6.

• Democrat Patrick B. Burke, of Buffalo, for County Legislature, District 7.

• Republican Ted B. Morton, of Depew, for County Legislature, District 8.

• Independence Party member Lynne M. Dixon, of Hamburg, for County Legislature, District 9.

• Conservative Joseph C. Lorigo, of West Seneca, for County Legislature, District 10.

• Republican John J. Mills, of Orchard Park, for County Legislature, District 11.

• Republican Brenda M. Freedman, of Amherst, for Erie County Family Court.

• Democrat Mark J.F. Schroeder for Buffalo city comptroller.

• Buffalo Common Council Democrats Joseph Golombek Jr. in the North District, Joseph A. Mascia in Fillmore, Richard A. Fontana in Lovejoy, and Council President Darius G. Pridgen in Ellicott.

• Democrat JaHarr S. Pridgen for Buffalo City Court.

All are incumbents except for Walter, who currently is an assemblyman; Mascia, a tenant-elected Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority commissioner; and Freedman, who is running for a newly created judgeship.