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Watch live: Erie County district attorney candidates debate

The two men running for Erie County district attorney — Democrat John J. Flynn Jr. and Republican Joseph V. Treanor III — will face off at 11:10 a.m. today in a debate televised by WGRZ.

WBFO's Brian Meyer is the moderator. The News' Robert J. McCarthy and WGRZ's Claudine Ewing are the panelists.

Watch the debate live once it begins, courtesy of WGRZ:

The Republican Party this year endorsed Treanor as its candidate, who late last year enrolled as a Conservative. The GOP doesn't always field a candidate for the office, and it's even more unusual for a Republican to win it. The last was Richard Arcara in 1985 – before Erie County started electing its top prosecutor in presidential election years.

For decades, a Democrat has held the office, in part because Democratic turnout rises in Erie County in presidential years when the district attorney elections are held. Flynn, a former Tonawanda town judge who has long hoped to become Erie County’s top prosecutor, hopes to continue that trend. He beat out acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. for the Democratic party's nomination in September.

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