Erie County Democratic Chair Jeremy Zellner today revealed that he has asked Kevin Gaughan to run for Erie County Comptroller. Following a decision by endorsed candidate, Lynn M. Szalkowski, to withdraw from the race due to health reasons, a vacancy has resulted that must be filled by the Democratic Party’s Committee to Fill Vacancies.

“Most people in Erie County know Kevin Gaughan, and his record of independence and advocacy on behalf of hardworking taxpayers,” said Zellner. “Kevin has unquestionable integrity, and a deep commitment to our community. There could not be a better taxpayer watchdog than Kevin, who has already saved local taxpayers more than $5.2 million per year without having served a single day in public office.”

Gaughan is a Buffalo attorney with extensive experience in corporate and municipal finance. He is a nationally-known expert on government reform, and leader of a movement to permit residents to decide the size and cost of local government. His efforts so far have resulted in voters adopting measures that have saved taxpayers $5.2 million dollars per year.

“Voters across Erie County recognize Kevin and his efforts to give them a voice in their community,” Zellner concluded. “Kevin’s past work illustrates that no politician can tell him what to do and that level of independence is the exact sort of leadership that our community needs in a Comptroller.”