Primary Candidates Feel Confident

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM EDT

Clarence, N.Y. (WKBW) -Chris Collins and David Bellavia said they are two very different candidates, with one similar goal. They are both hoping to become the Republican nominee for the newly created 27th District Congressional seat.

"People would say I believe in lower taxes, but I don't want to give anything up. What I would say is what we did in Erie County, which is efficiency in government," Collins said.

"I represent a new deal, including youth, conservatism and a break away from the negativity and the strong arm tactics of the Collins machine," Bellavia said.

Whoever wins this primary, will be running against Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Hochul. Bellavia said he brings a lot to the table with his experience in the military.

"I did serve my country in the time of war but I also spent three years in Washington, part of a veterans group who have elected 13 members to the House of Representatives. I know how the place works. I've written legislation and help push legislation," Bellavia said.

Collins said it is his record as Erie County Executive that speaks volumes about his capabilities to take on the job.

"I'm pointing out my four years as County Executive. I'm proud of what we accomplished, reducing debt, reduce spending and 36 years creating jobs in private sector," Collins said.

Although election officials said they are not expecting high voter turnout, the candidates are confident about where they stand.

"I'm excited. I think we're going to make a lot of people scratch their heads. It's a lot of fun," Bellavia said.

"I'm very confident, you don't take anything for granted but we've spent the last three months in other counties where people may not know me," Collins said.