Tolbert Calls to Congratulate Howard

Sheriff's challenger stops short of conceding

Tom Puckett
November 08, 2017 - 3:35 pm

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Bernie Tolbert says he's called Sheriff Tim Howard to congratulate him in the race for Erie County Sheriff, but he has stopped short of conceding the race.

"I placed a call to Sheriff Howard earlier this morning to congratulate him on his apparent win and also to tell him that, given the extraordinary closeness of the race, I believe it is prudent and sensible to await the official vote certification by the Erie County Board of Elections, which includes the tally of all absentee ballots," says Tolbert in a statement issued by his campaign.

He says regardless of the official vote tally, "it is now time to put all of that behind us and work together for our community."

Tolbert says he's grateful for the support he had in his campaign. 

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