Who Will Replace Lee in Congress?

February 14, 2011 Updated Feb 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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February 14, 2011 Updated Feb 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Erie County Republicans are wasting no time to pick a replacement for Chris Lee, who resigned from his seat in the 26th Congressional District after a shirtless photograph of him surfaced on the Internet.

Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy said interviews will be conducted on Sunday in Batavia.

Seven party chairs will make the decision. The district encompasses all or parts of Niagara, Erie, Orleans, Monroe, Genesee, Wyoming and Livingston Counties.

On the GOP's list: Amherst Town Supervisor Barry Weinstein; Jack Davis, a Democrat turned Republican who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Tom Reynolds for the same seat; Chris Jacobs, member of the Buffalo school board; the front-runner, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin; Dan Humiston, a businessman and owner of Tanning Bed; and Erie County lawmaker Ed Rath.

Potential candidates will be interviewed in Batavia on Sunday, said Langworthy.

Democrats are also looking at running a candidate, even though enrollment in the district favors Republicans, said Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan.

Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul, Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz and Amherst Town Board Member Mark Manna are on the short list, Lenihan said.

A special election for the seat will be scheduled after it is declared vacant by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Calls to Cuomo's press office were not returned on Monday.