BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has officially joined the race to take over Chris Collins’ old seat in Congress.
“I’ve been going through the district for the past two years, got great encouragement, and now it was time to get in,” said Mychajliw, who had campaigned for, and even helped Chris Collins win re-election in 2018, after Collins was indicted.
Now that Collins is headed for prison, Mychajliw is officially seeking the Republican endorsement in a field of at least three other declared Republican candidates in NY’s 27th Congressional district. “The County chairs should make their decision based on one factor; who can win, and the only person that could win is someone with true Conservative record, but also someone who’s won in a heavily dark blue district, and I;m the only candidate who checks all of those boxes.”
State Senators Chris Jacobs and Rob Ortt, as well as Beth Parlato, are also running for the Republican nomination. Nate McMurray is the lone Democrat.
The question now is when the vote will be. Governor Cuomo has about one month to call for a special election on the same day as New York’s Democratic Presidential Primary, April 28. If he doesn’t call that special election, there is a strong possibility that it just might be a wide open Republican Primary on June 23.
The Republican has created a website for his campaign, highlighting his family’s Ukranian and Polish roots. The former TV News reporter is now a husband and father of three.
He is also clearly in support of President Trump. “President Trump is going to be re-elected as president of the United States and that’s why it’s important for me to go to Congress. I think we need a second round of tax cuts. I also think government needs to go on a massive debt diet,” said Mychajliw.