Democratic Legislator Terrence D. McCracken of Lancaster said Thursday he will not run for re-election to the Erie County Legislature this year.
McCracken said late Thursday that he had intended to run for a second term and had received encouraging polling results.
“But I’ve got different political philosophies than the local leadership, so I’ve chosen to sit this one out,” he said, declining to be specific.
He added, however, that he has no problems with either Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner or Conservative Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo, who have backed him in the past.
McCracken, the former Lancaster Democratic chairman, acknowledged he is bowing out after only one term following a breach with Conservatives over voting for the budget proposed by Democratic County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.
And it appears he would have faced a primary from Wes Moore, a candidate backed by Cheektowaga Democratic Chairman Frank C. Max Jr. and his wing of the Democratic Party.
“I felt very comfortable with my position with the Conservatives,” he said, acknowledging his differences on the budget vote but noting their approval of his vote for a resolution calling for repeal of the state’s new strict gun control law.
Lorigo, meanwhile, said he holds “high respect” for McCracken despite their differences.
“He’s a man of strong character,” Lorigo said. “He’s made the decision, and I respect the decision.”
McCracken becomes the first member of the Legislature this year to announce he will not run for re-election.
One source said party sources are speaking with Democrat John Abraham Jr., son of an influential Conservative leader, about the possibility of running, though nothing is certain.