NY27 Field Filling Up, But May Not Be Full

Incumbent Collins, Comptroller Mychajliw, Bellavia have yet to decide

Tom Puckett
August 27, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As the race for NY27 continues to shape up, some candidates are in, while  others are contemplating.

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Already declared for the race is State Senator Chris Jacobs. "I believe Chris Collins has done some good things for his district, but he can no longer be effective because of the situation is in, and I believe the 27th congressional district needs a representative can use all his power to help the district," says Jacobs, noting Collins' insider trading trial next year.

Jacobs says he is a supporter of President Trump, contrary to what some detractors say. "I voted for the president, I support the president and his agenda. They ignore the analysis that was used to say it. Their never Trumper statement is a lie. I will tell the truth when I become a member of Congerss," says Jacobs.

Another State Senator in the race is Rob Ortt. "I am a strong conservative veteran voice. I've been at the border firsthand seeing what our agents are dealing with," says Ortt. 

Ortt says he's already got a track record. "I've stood up to the most radical legislature in Albany over the last couple of years. I'm not saying things, I've done them," explains Ortt. Ortt says he will defend the president's agenda and the issues constituents care about.

Another Republican challenger is attorney Beth Parlato, who is preparing for an open primary as well as facing off against Collins. "He says he's going to make a decision by the end of the year, and quite frankly if you have a primary in June, it's too late to decide by the end of the year," explains Parlato.

Parlato says she's running because she's concerned about the direction of the country.

Collins has not committed to a re-election bid just yet. "I am going to make that decision later. My signal to folks is my campaign will be properly funded," says Collins.

Collins says the indecision now should not be viewed as a sign he's not running. "Some people are presuming I have no interest in running or I may not have the funds to compete. I'm squashing that thought once and for all as I decide to run. Indications are I'm seriously considering running," says Collins.

There are two other Republicans contemplating a run too. County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia have both not made a declaration one way or the other.

There is one Democrat already running. Nate McMurray, who came within a hair of unseating Collins last year. "I care about NY27 and we have a congressman who's still in place shameless about his criminal problems, who appears to be running again, and I think it's appropriate to have that rematch," says McMurray, Grand Island Supervisor.

McMurray says it doesn't matter if he doesn't get the top party leader's support either. "He did try to oppose me last time, but I didn't back down. I'm not going to back down, I'm moving forward," says McMurray.

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