11-1-11: Courtesy of WKBW. As the race for Erie County Executive hits the home stretch, the candidates turn their focus to the issues and make their case directly to the voters of Erie County. Comptroller Mark Poloncarz attended a candidates event in Alden Tuesday evening, and then stopped by Transit Lanes in Amherst to talk with potential voters and rally support. “Just talking about the issues that are important to the voters. Job creation and the record of both myself and my opponent. I’ve found over $30 million in cost saving initiatives. Unfortunately most of them have not been implement. My opponent has raised taxes, cut services, gave raises to his cronies and we have 13000 less jobs in Erie County than when he was elected,” Poloncarz said after shaking hands with many inside the Transit Road bowling alley. But in a campaign that has seen plenty of mud-slinging and accusations, as voters prepare to head to the polls on November 8, both candidates seem to be focusing on the issues.