The Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff Campaign today released a video questioning Sheriff Tim Howard’s refusal to participate in a series of candidate forums and debates. According to campaign spokesperson, Christina Abt, the end result of Howard’s refusal is a disservice to the voters of Erie County.
“To date Sheriff Howard has refused to participate in League of Women Voters candidate forums in East Aurora and Hamburg, with another candidate forum in Amherst unsure of his attendance,” Abt stated. “Additionally, the well-respected St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Debate, scheduled to feature Bernie Tolbert and Sheriff Howard, hangs in the balance. Not only is the sheriff’s disregard for these long-standing election forums a slap in the face to the organizers, his decision to not openly and transparently debate the issues surrounding the 22 deaths in the holding center, 700 opioid deaths in Erie County over the last two years and $2.5 million in county lawsuit settlements with a projected $1.5 million yet to come, is a clear indication of his disrespect for the voters who have elected him and for whom he works.”
The Tolbert video is a tongue and cheek review of the sheriff’s absence from the various candidate forums and debates with suggestions of where he might be found, including a part-time security job the sheriff once held, where he wore his sheriff’s uniform in the middle of a county workday and riding a tractor out in the fields.
The video can be viewed on Bernie Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff’s Facebook page
Sheriff Coward Video