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Melissa Hartman declares victory in Erie County Clerk Democratic primary



(WIVB) — Melissa Hartman has declared victory in the Democratic primary for Erie County Clerk.

Hartman faced off against Mickey Kearns in the race. Around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, commanding nearly 64% of the vote, with 92% of votes reported, Hartman declared victory in the primary.

Mickey Kearns has served as Clerk since 2017, when Chris Jacobs left the seat to run for State Senate. Kearns is a self-professed lifelong Democrat, however, he is also running on the Republican Line for the general election in November.

Melissa Hartman is the current Eden Town Supervisor and had previously been registered as a Republican, though she is now the Democrat-endorsed candidate for the Clerk election. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also endorsed Hartman.

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2021. See more of his work here.

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