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Kim Beaty reports receiving endorsement from Gov. Hochul in Erie County sheriff's race

Kim Beaty reports receiving endorsement from Gov. Hochul in Erie County sheriff's race

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Kim Beaty, the Democratic candidate for Erie County sheriff, answers a question at a candidates forum at the Amherst Senior Center on Oct. 22, 2021.

Kim Beaty, the law enforcement veteran who is trying to become the first Democrat elected as Erie County sheriff in nearly three decades, on Saturday announced on social media that she has received the endorsement of Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Beaty's campaign Twitter account made the announcement shortly after noon Saturday. The campaign team for Hochul, who has remained on the sidelines in the heated Buffalo mayor's race, did not respond to an inquiry seeking comment.

Beaty, the Canisius College public safety director, is running against three candidates on the Conservative/Republican side: Republican nominee John C. Garcia is a retired Buffalo police detective endorsed by Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, a two-term former sheriff; Ted DiNoto, a detective lieutenant with the Amherst police, is a Republican who chose to run as an independent; Conservative nominee Karen Healy-Case works in private security after a career with the Buffalo police. 

Healy-Case, who lost the Republican party nomination to Garcia in the June 22 primary, suspended her campaign Oct. 12 and threw her support to Beaty. Healy-Case, however, is unable to take her name off the ballot, which could take away votes from Garcia.

Beaty, who rose from a patrol officer to deputy commissioner before retiring from the Buffalo Police Department after 32 years, represents the Democratic Party's best chance in decades to win the Erie County sheriff's race. The last Democrat elected Erie County sheriff was Thomas F. Higgins, who won a third term in 1993.

She was appointed Canisius' public safety director in 2018.

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I'm a Genesee County native and Syracuse University grad who covered business at the (Binghamton) Press & Sun-Bulletin and at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I joined The Buffalo News in September 2021, covering the business of health care.

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