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Democrats eye attorney from Grand Island for county clerk

Erie County Democrats appear to have found their candidate for clerk.

Angela J. Marinucci, a Grand Island attorney, said Thursday she approached the party about challenging incumbent Michael P. Kearns and found a positive reception.

“I have been interested in getting more involved in the community, heard there was an opening for the clerk position, and asked,” she said.

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said he expects Marinucci will receive his committee’s full support. Though Kearns is a Democrat, Zellner said the party will not support him following his run to fill an unexpired term last year on the Republican line.

“There’s not a lot of support in our party for Mickey Kearns,” Zellner said.

Marinucci, 33, is a graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield High School and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and earned her law degree from American University. She and her husband moved back to Western New York several years ago to raise their three young daughters.

“I want them to see their mom involved in change,” she said. “There are no females in Erie County leadership and I feel women have to be at the table.”

Marinucci practices corporate immigration law for Berardi Immigration Law.

She is expected to face Kearns in November after the former assemblyman beat Democrat Steve Cichon in 2017.

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