BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — John Flynn has won the Democratic Primary for Erie County District Attorney.
Flynn, who served for 28 years as a Navy JAG Officer, ran on both the Democratic and Conservative primary tickets.
His opponents on the Democratic ballot were Mark Sacha and Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty. Flaherty became the Acting DA when former DA Frank Sedita III, was sworn in as a State Supreme Court Justice at the end of last year.
On the Conservative ballot, Flynn lost to Joe Treanor III, who had the backing of the Erie County GOP. Flynn will face off against Treanor in November’s General Election, where Flynn will appear on the Democratic line, the Working Families Party line and the Women’s Equality line.
“The grassroots support of the people of Erie County, and the people who work within the Democratic Party recognize that I was the best candidate for the job and that’s why they endorsed me,” Flynn said during his acceptance speech Tuesday night at his campaign headquarters in Amherst. “They didn’t endorse me because I’m some politician. They didn’t endorse me because I’m some sort of political pawn. They know better than that.”
Flynn, who is a former homicide prosecutor, has declared he would fight against “illegal guns, prescription drug addiction and public corruption.”
Flaherty’s night began poorly when the polls closed and the first results were released at approximately 9:25 p.m. Flynn never looked back from the early lead.
“Of course I’m disappointed, but the voters who participated today, they spoke and they decided to go with somebody else,” Flaherty said from his election night spot at Statler City. “I will continue to work hard as the district attorney, as I’ve already established myself during the preceding eight months, and you can expect to see the same results from me as you did so far this year.”