BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - There are several local elected officials who could step into Rep. Chris Collins' spot in the race to represent New York's 27th district in Congress.
Collins suspended his re-election campaign on August 11. He was arrested on insider trading charges three days earlier. You can read about those stories in related headlines.
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychawjliw announced his candidacy on August 11.
The Erie County GOP Chairman has confirmed the names of 8 other people who could serve as possible replacements for Collins.
Nick Langworthy has said 6 state legislators may announce a run. This includes State Senators Patrick Gallivan, Robert Ortt, Michael, Ranzenhofer, and Chris Jacobs as well as Assembly members Raymond Walter, and Steve Hawley.
Ortt has said in a statement, "I will answer the call should I be asked to serve the constituents of New York’s 27th Congressional District."
Walter has said in a statement that Collins' decision to leave the race was correct. He has not ruled out a run.
Hawley has said he is interested in running for the seat, as long as there is a legal way to remove Collins' name.
Erie County Legislators Edward Rath and Lynn Dixon may also run, according to Langworthy.
Dixon, who is an Independent, has said she "wouldn't rule anything out".
Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon (R-Hamburg) is also under consideration for the #NY27 seat. "I wouldn't rule anything out," she just told me.— Chris Horvatits (@ChrisHorvatits4) August 11, 2018
Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray is the Democratic nominee in the race.
News 4 also spoke with Ed Rath on the phone.
Rath commented "I am interested in the seat and hopeful that we have a balanced process."
He also noted that there is a host of qualified candidates.
Former congressional aide and political consultant Andrea Bozek is another possible candidate.
Around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Carl Paladino tweeted that he is "all in" on the NY-27 race.