BUFFALO, NY - Republicans are voting today for a candidate to take on Democrat Kathy Hochul in the newly drawn 27th Congressional District.
The current 27th District stretched from Amherst out into the Rochester area. But the new 27th District's has been revised, so some Amherst residents are no longer in the district but people in Orchard Park are now included.
The candidates, former Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Army veteran David Bellavia come from contrasting backgrounds and like to compare resumes.
"I've spent 36 years in the private sector creating jobs. I currently have 500 employees spread across a number of companies in this community. And I spent four years reducing spending and the size of government as the Erie County Executive," Collins said.
Bellavia was on the campaign trail in Akron and had this to say, "I'm telling them that there's a candidate. There's a menu option for the first time in a long time in Erie County. A candidate based on his sacrifice, literally risked his life for the beautiful things that we have in America."
And have voters heard enough to choose, even with a debate over debates.
"I'm not afraid to tell you who I am and what I believe in. I respect other people and therefore because of that, people respect me. You're not an executive when you're running for Congress," said Bellavia.
"I do believe the voters understand where I am on the issues and my resume and so I'm pretty confident, although you take nothing for granted next Tuesday," said Collins.
Then the financial issue, Collins definitely a millionaire, Bellavia definitely not.
"I'm self financing the primary. I felt I owed it to past supporters to present to them next Wednesday as the candidate for Congress against Kathy Hochul. We're doing what needs to be done, running a professional campaign on the issues," Collins said.
"I'm running against the Collins machine, the Erie County Republican group that feels that they're going to take Mr. Collins' money and cannibalize the Republicans," said Bellavia.
Again, the primary to determine which candidate will take on Rep. Kathy Hochul is this Tuesday.