( release) Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) recently announced that he will not seek election in the 26th Congressional District. Hawley instead will continue his duties as an assemblyman in the 139th District.
“I have been truly inspired by the outpouring of support I have received from constituents, friends and colleagues regarding a potential run for the United States House of Representatives in the 26th Congressional District,” said Hawley. “Furthermore, the parallels and comparisons I have received to former Rep. Barber Conable Jr. from members of the community has been nothing short of humbling. However, after careful consideration, I have decided to forgo a run for Congress and remain in the New York State Assembly, representing my home - the 139th Assembly District. There may be another day and another time for me to seek such office, but today is not that day and now is not that time.”
“Throughout my time in the Assembly, I have held myself to a core set of principles that continue to propel me through my life of public service,” said Hawley. “From lowering property taxes, attracting and retaining business in Western New York, and supporting and honoring our proud Veterans to protecting the viability of New York’s number one industry, agriculture, I have fought day in and day out to meet the needs of my district. However, there is still much work left to be done in order to right New York’s ship. That is why I feel it is important for me to continue my role in the state Assembly. There is simply so much more to accomplish right here in our own community.”
On withdrawing his name from the running, Hawley announced his support for Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R, C, I – Clarence), who represents the 142nd District. Hawley and Corwin have been colleagues in the Assembly minority since 2008.
“It is without hesitation that I endorse Assemblywoman Jane Corwin for the 26th Congressional District,” said Hawley. “Assemblywoman Corwin has shown tireless dedication in representing her constituents and shares many of the same common-sense, pro-business principles that I have made a priority in the state Assembly. Assemblywoman Corwin and I were the only two representatives to earn perfect scores on Unshackle Upstate’s 2009-10 Legislative Scorecards, which rate the voting records of all 212 state legislators regarding bills that would support the health and growth of New York’s economy. I take great pride in endorsing my friend and colleague as our next representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.”