Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The race for the NY27 Congressional seat just got a little more crowded as Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has formally entered the race after launching an official campaign website.
Mychajliw joins a crowded field of Republican contenders who hope to be selected by a handful of county party chairmen to run in the upcoming April special election for the seat that has been vacant since the resignation of Congressman Chris Collins. New York State Senator Chris Jacobs, Senator Rob Ortt and Beth Parlato are declared candidates. Nathan McMurray is the Democratic candidate in the race.
An attorney from the state Attorney General’s office wrote a letter to the judge saying he could confirm the date of the election, but Cuomo cannot officially make the proclamation until next month under state law for the vote to happen that day.
NY GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy says issued this statement: “Governor Cuomo’s partisan manipulation of the NY-27 special election is a slap in the face to Western New Yorkers who won’t forget he put his own interests above their right to representation in Congress. At a time when our federal government is facing gravely important decisions concerning our national security, our economy and Democrats’ attempt to remove our duly-elected President from office, the people of NY-27 are being denied a voice because Andrew Cuomo is trying to rig an election. The actions of this Governor and Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat Party already sealed their fate in this election and we will retain this seat, regardless of what date it’s held.”