Collins Running for Congress

March 25, 2012 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM EDT

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Collins Running for Congress

March 25, 2012 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins is staging a political comeback. Collins announced Sunday he will challenge democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul in Western New York's newly established 27th Congressional District.

Kathy Hochul's campaign released this statement, "Congresswoman Hochul is looking forward to a constructive dialogue with Mr. Collins and Mr. Bellavia on the best way to cut spending in Washington, create jobs in Western New York, and protect Medicare for seniors.”

Republican David Bellavia is also looking to get into this race. If both Bellavia and Collins earn enough petitions to get on the ballot by mid-April it will force a republican primary in June.