Republican Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr., the former television reporter turned politician, beat Democrat Vanessa Glushefski on Tuesday to win a second full term as Erie County comptroller.
The winner was leading with 53 percent of the vote compared to 47 percent for Glushefski with 71 percent of the vote counted.
Mychajliw, 43, had been considered the front-runner from the beginning with far more name recognition and campaign resources against the unknown Glushefski. After winning a special election in 2012, he has now notched his third countywide election in the last five years.
Glushefski emphasized her credentials as a lawyer and certified public accountant. But Mychajliw countered with his “watchdog” accomplishments and independence of the Democratic county executive, Mark C. Poloncarz.