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WHO'S IN? See the people interested in Congressman Collins' seat

Posted: 11:32 AM, Aug 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-14 13:12:33Z

"There could be more," Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said Monday, of the candidates interested in the Republican nomination to fill Congressman Chris Collins' seat.

In a weekend press conference, the GOP leader said there was a list of about 15 people interested in representing New York's 27th Congressional District.

According to Langworthy, more than a dozen people have expressed an interest in the job.  Among those who are interested or who have announced:

  • State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, (R) Amherst
  • State Senator Chris Jacobs, (R) Buffalo
  • State Senator Patrick Gallivan, (R) Elma
  • David Bellavia, radio host
  • State Assemblyman David DiPietro, (R) East Aurora
  • Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon
  • Jim Domagalski, former Erie County GOP Chairman
  • Jeff Freeland, White House staffer from Lewiston
  • Erie County Legislator Ed Rath, (R) Clarence 

Here is a list of five other interested parties.  

Andrea Bozek, a Republican operative from Buffalo, told us she will not seek the nomination, but "it was an honor to be mentioned."

A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday with Langworthy and GOP leaders from other Western New York counties, to figure out a way forward.  A nomination is not expected to come from this meeting, though a schedule is likely to be hashed out.  Langworthy did not say where this meeting would be held.

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