Tonawanda News — The New York Working Families Party has endorsed Joshua Dubs, backing the Democrat’s bid to oust North Tonawanda City Attorney Shawn Nickerson, his Republican opponent in November.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Working Families Party and grateful for their recognition that my values reflect the values that the party and its members fight for every day,” Dubs said.
Dubs said the Working Families Party also endorsed his 2011 candidacy for the North Tonawanda Common Council’s Third Ward, though Republican Eric Zadzilka — who won that race — forced a primary for the Working Families Party line and eventually claimed the endorsement.
While Nickerson, the incumbent, has not sought the Working Families endorsement, Dubs has high hopes that the veteran attorney will avoid similar attempts.
“I trust that he will be honorable and not attempt to subvert the process by attempting to primary the nomination,” Dubs said of Nickerson. “The Working Families Party fights every day for the interests of the middle class. They recognize the invaluable nature of the American working man and woman.”
Dubs, 31, who runs his own legal practice in Buffalo, first emerged on the political scene in 2011 as six North Tonawanda dispatchers waged a vigorous campaign to fight consolidation measures to combine their outfit with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. While they lost, with an eventual move in 2012, Dubs involvement in part led to his political ambitions. The Niagara County Democratic Committee also recently endorsed his candidacy for city attorney.
“If elected in November, I will espouse and promote the mission of the Working Families Party as much as possible and ethically permissible from my office,” he said.