Family-tied skirmish in the 61st Senate District race
OK, maybe you knew this already, but it's news to me.
Michele Iannello, and Erie County legislator and Democratic candidate for the 61st State Senate District is married to Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner Dennis Ward.
If that isn't weird enough, Dennis is the brother of one of the other candidates in the race, Dan Ward.
According to this Tonawanda News story.
The third candidate, boxer Joe Mesi’s, is not, as far as I know, but correct me if I'm wrong, related to any of the three.
Oh, and the real point of the Tonawanda News story is how Mesi and Iannello and hurling charges back and forth.
As Erie County Legislator Michele Iannello renewed her request for an evaluation of Joe Mesi’s campaign finances, Mesi’s camp struck back with a charge of their own.
Their concern over the integrity of Tuesday’s elections stems from Iannello’s husband, Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner Dennis Ward, also the brother of third candidate Dan Ward not responding to Mesi’s request that Commissioner Ward recuse himself from oversight of Tuesday’s elections.
On a somewhat related note: We've asked all three candidates to respond to a short questionnaire, and none have yet responded.