Congressional Candidates Meet in Batavia

May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 7:07 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 7:07 PM EDT

Batavia, NY (WKBW) - The special election to fill former Congressman Chris Lee's seat is just a week away and most of the candidates came together today in Batavia, hoping to focus on the issues. The Independent Living of Genesee Region (ILGR) held a "Meet the Candidates Day" on Tuesday at the YWCA of Genesee County. All 4 candidates were invited and given 15 minutes to speak with residents and answer their questions. Republican Candidate Jane Corwin, and Democrat Candidate Kathy Hochul addressed residents first.

"I decided to run for congress because I believe our country is headed in the wrong direction," said Corwin.

"I'm running for this position because I feel very very strongly that this area, the 26th Congressional District, needs a strong voice in Washington," said Hochul.

Missing at today's event was Ian Murphy, who's running on the Green Party line. Independent Jack Davis was also missing, but his campaign manager filled in today and said Davis had a business emergency.

"Jack Davis was the one candidate in this race that actually works for a living, managing a manufacturing plant and his business is in the midst of expansion," said Davis' Campaign Manager Curtis Ellis.

Reaction is also still coming in over a video shot by Jane Corwin's chief of staff and released by the Erie County GOP last week, portraying Jack Davis swinging at the camera after a campaign event in Rochester. Ellis says it was all a set up and there is another video out there that shows what happened. Corwin says her chief of staff was working for the party that night and all of this has nothing to do with her.