"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
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.