Democrats Setting up Timetable for NY27 Nomination

Nate McMurray endorsed by all eight counties in NY27

Tom Puckett
January 28, 2020 - 4:00 am

Nate McMurray concedes to Chris Collins in speech at his campaign headquarters in Hamburg. He later called for a recount. November 6, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The special election drama in the vacant NY27 Congressional district came to a head on the Republican side this past weekend with the eight county Republican party chairs formally endorsing Senator Chris Jacobs. 

Now it will be soon when a Democrat is officially nominated in NY27. And all eyes and bets seem to be on former Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray.

"It appears Nate McMurray will be our guy," says Wyoming County Democratic Party Chairwoman Cynthia Appleton. "I know Mr. McMurray's been out campaigning and he's been endorsed by many of the town chairs, so I expect something imminent."

"I believe Nate McMurray will be a very strong candidate," says Appleton. "He is beloved in this area and he's been out here frequently, and I believe he'll have a strong campaign."

This week will be busy for Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner. "I set up a confernce call with all eight of our county chairs (Tuesday) evening. We're just going to call and put a preliminary plan in place to make a proper, formal nomination by all eight of us," says Zellner. "For our purposes, we have an endorsement hearing to endorse Nate McMurray Thursday night."

Zellner says he's waiting for Governor Cuomo's official call, expected February 9th, to set up a meeting and put the nomination in motion. "Nate has the support of the other county chairs, and we'll make it official Thursday evening," notes Zellner.

Saturday, Chris Jacobs received the GOP nomination to run in the April 28th special election. 

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