Interviews Planned for NY-27 GOP Candidates Next Week

Sources tell WBEN that Michael Ranzenhofer is leading contender

Mike Baggerman
August 14, 2018 - 11:28 pm

Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy with Ontario County GOP Chair Trisha Turner. August 14, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BATAVIA, N.Y. (WBEN) - County GOP leaders in the eight counties represented by New York’s 27th congressional district will begin contacting candidates to replace Congressman Chris Collins on the ballot in November with plans to interview the candidates next week.

The meeting with the eight GOP chairs represented by NY-27 was held at Batavia Downs Casino inside a closed conference room on Tuesday night. Erie County GOP chairman Nick Langworthy told reporters ahead of the meeting that the plan was to discuss the process of removing Collins and lay out common goals among the GOP leaders for the future of the district. 

The candidates will be considered based on name recognition and a positive track record. 

"We are very confident after consulting our lawyers...that there are mechanisms to remove Congressman Collins from the ballot," Langworthy said. "We'll be working with him and his cooperation to do that in said time."

Langworthy said he has not been in contact with Congressman Collins personally, though he has spoken with members of his campaign staff. Collins would need to cooperate with the GOP leadership in order to be taken off the ballot. 

Sources have told WBEN that State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer is believed to be the leading contender to take the nod. Langworthy said there is no "frontrunner".

"We have a process to maintain," Langworthy said. "We have to continue to work together. There's candidates throughout this district that represent different portions of this district. We're all dedicated to the same thing, which is finding a conservative republican candidate that can win this district and help President Trump achieve his agenda."

Erie County represents over 40 percent of the voting population in NY-27 while Niagara County is around the 20 percent mark. The other counties representing the rest of the district at Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Ontario, Monroe, and Wyoming counties. 

Other candidates for NY-27 include State Senators Chris Jacobs, Patrick Gallivan, and Rob Ortt. Assemblymen David DiPietro, Ray Walter, and Steven Hawley are also under consideration. WBEN host David Bellavia, Carl Paladino, Erie County Legislators Ed Rath and Lynne Dixon, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, and more. 

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