Policeman and MMA fighter aims for Legislature seat
North Tonawanda Police Officer Erik A. Herbert, who has an 8-2 record as a pro mixed martial arts fighter, announced last week he is running for the 7th District seat in the Niagara County Legislature, which represents northern North Tonawanda and much of Wheatfield.
Herbert, 32, a Democrat, would face Jesse P. Gooch, a Republican appointed Jan. 2 after Legislator Kathryn L. Lance resigned. Herbert also sought the seat. Legislator Jason A. Zona, the county Democratic chairman, said the GOP-controlled search committee actually rated him higher than Gooch.
Herbert served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2008 and was a guard in the Marine One helicopter unit. Herbert joined the North Tonawanda Police Department in 2013 and won its Life Saving Award in 2017.
– Thomas J. Prohaska