Erie County Sheriff's Race Nets Howard Victory

Howard wins fourth term, Tolbert concedes on Monday

Mike Baggerman
November 08, 2017 - 2:05 am

WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Erie County Sheriff's race came down to the wire on Tuesday's election night.

With all but two Erie County districts reporting on Tuesday night, Sheriff Tim Howard received 106,578 votes while Bernie Tolbert garnered 102,728 votes. Percentage-wise, that's a two point advantage for Tim Howard, who claimed victory.

LISTEN: Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard's Victory Speech

WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman

"Thank you all for supporting me and I'm proud to continue being your sheriff," Howard said in his victory speech at The Avant in Downtown Buffalo.

Tolbert initially did not concede, though Jeremy Zellner told reporters early Wednesday that the former FBI agent would do so on Wednesday.

As it currently stands, the 3,850 vote difference between Howard and Tolbert is the narrowest margin of victory for Howard since he first won the office in 2005. 

LISTEN: Bernie Tolbert speaks with WBEN during ballot count

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