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Democrats endorse Mayor Brown for fourth term, back Tolbert for sheriff

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown was officially endorsed for a fourth term Thursday evening by the Erie County Democratic Committee’s Executive Committee.

The committee also gave its backing to Bernard A. Tolbert, former supervisor of the FBI office in Buffalo and head of security for the National Basketball Association, who will challenge Republican Sheriff Timothy B. Howard in this fall’s elections.

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner praised Brown for “an incredible job in his 12 years as mayor” in a statement released Thursday evening. He added Tolbert’s background “isn’t just in law enforcement and security; it’s in leading law enforcement and security.”

Incumbent City Court Judges Betty Calvo Torres and Andrew LoTempio also received endorsements.

Calvo Torres has served on the City Court bench since 2007.

LoTempio was first elected to City Court in 1999.

Last week, Democrats endorsed Vanessa Glushefski for county comptroller, Steve Cichon for county clerk and City Court Judge Susan Eagan for County Court judge.

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