Final Push To Get On Ballot For 26th District Seat

March 21, 2011 Updated Mar 21, 2011 at 5:46 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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March 21, 2011 Updated Mar 21, 2011 at 5:46 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- There's a final push over the next few days for candidates to get enough petition signatures to officially get on the ballot in the special election for the vacant New York congressional seat. "I will be on the ballot for this special election for congress in the 26th District," businessman Jack Davis said.

Davis headed to Albany from Buffalo on Monday to hand deliver enough signatures to make it on the ballot. "File 12,015 signatures... and only 3,500 good signatures are required," Davis said.

David Bellavia, an Iraq war vet, is also working on gathering signatures to appear on the ballot.

Those who are already in the race include State Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, who received the GOP nomination. "I'm focusing on getting out to people in the district and talking to people about issues that matter to them," Corwin said.

Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul is the democratic nominee in this race. "Continue performing my duties here and also get out to meet everyone in the district and letting them know they have someone who is a fighter, someone who knows how to get the job done," Hochul said.

The special election comes after former Congressman Chris Lee resigned in scandal last month, after a shirtless photo of him surfaced on the gossip web site Gawker.com which left the 26th Congressional District seat vacant. The special election is scheduled for May 24th.

Also on Monday, Jack Davis announced his latest accomplishment of bringing in new jobs. He says he received the go-ahead from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) for a $4 million expansion of his plant in Akron. Davis plans to add 20 more jobs to his payroll at I Squared R Element.