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Tucci Wins GOP Primary in County Executive Race

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It appears that Republican Don Tucci will face Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper in the fall.  There were three names on the ballot in the republican primary, but when the votes came in, the race was really between Tucci and Tom Loftus. 

Thomas "Wes" McGahen, a retired lineman gathered with family and supporters at Hoss's restaurant to watch returns.  Although he trailed in the vote, he has no regrets about his campaign.

Tom Loftus, a corrections officer at the Erie County Prison, watched the returns at the Country Tavern on Route 97. Even though he came in second at the polls, Loftus said he stands by his campaign messages that county wide reassessment is unfair to homeowners and that the Erie County Prison is not fixed yet.

It was Don Tucci, though who prevailed to take on Mrs. Dahlkemper in the fall. He defeated his closest challenger by only 530 votes.  Tucci, a self employed businessman calls himself a member of the Tea Party, is pro right- to-work, and says he wants to focus on small business, not just on the manufacturing jobs that may be lost at Erie GE.

But if a well known incumbent like Barry Grossman was knocked off by Kathy Dahlkemper and democrats have a big registration edge county wide, Don Tucci has a much tougher task ahead of him in the fall election.

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