Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon won re-election to her 9th District seat, which encompasses part of South Buffalo, Lackawanna and Hamburg, where Democrats have the majority. Dixon is the Independence candidate who usually votes with the Republicans.
She was challenged by Democratic Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr.
Dixon, 52, who was a journalist for 22 years before winning her first legislative election in 2009, said she considers her work public service. Dixon is chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee and said she is proud of the Legislature's efforts battling the opioid crisis.
Quinn, 43, is a lawyer who once served as Hamburg town Democratic chairman. He said he has been independent in his votes on the Town Board and would have used his legislator's salary to pay for a district office in Lackawanna and would have worked on environmental issues, particularly water quality.