The son of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, Stefan Mychajliw was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. The youngest of seven children, Stefan’s father worked as a typewriter repairman and his mother as a factory worker. These blue-collar beginnings have molded his life ever since.

From these humble beginnings, Stefan has achieved the American dream. Serving as Erie County Comptroller — “Taxpayers’ Independent Watchdog” — he has fought for a strong fiscal conservative agenda while holding career politicians and bureaucrats accountable.

To lead by example Stefan’s first hard-hitting review was of his own department: the Office of Erie County Comptroller. The top-to-bottom review revealed troubling inefficiencies. Numerous reforms were implemented to clean up the department, and a CPA was hired to lead the Audit Division for the first time since 1986.

Prior to serving in public office, Stefan spent a career fighting for taxpayers through his hard-hitting investigative journalism. His work rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse led to good government reforms that better served taxpayers.

Stefan and his wife, Ashley, a social worker, make their home in the Village of Hamburg. He is the proud father of Mia Theresa Mychajliw, 15, Maksym Roman Mychajliw, 3, and Emeryk Francis Mychajliw, 1.

A parishioner of Saints Peter and Paul parish in the Village of Hamburg, Stefan is a volunteer with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.