A former county executive will face off in November for a seat in Congress.
The Erie County primaries Tuesday were to see who will face Kathy Hochul in November for the 27th Congressional District. Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins faced off with David Bellavia, an Iraq war veteran.
Collins won the primary with more than 74 percent of all votes compared to Bellavia's 26 percent, as reported by the Erie County Board of Elections. The total number of votes reported was just under 8,000 with three districts not reporting.
Collins spoke Tuesday night after winning. Buffalo news outlets were in Erie County to report the outcomes.
"Tonight is the first step in restoring the promise of the American Dream," Collins said as reported by The Buffalo News. "First we have to change the leadership in our country. ... Positive change begins with defeating Kathy Hochul on Nov. 6."
This district was recently re-drawn to include all of Erie County as well as Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and part of Monroe County. The 26th district, which Brian Higgins' represents, includes the cities of Buffalo, Tonawanda and Lackawanna as well as the towns of Cheektowaga, West Seneca and parts of Amherst.
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