LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — State Senator Rob Ortt officially announced his candidacy for New York’s 27th Congressional District seat on Saturday.
The seat is currently held by embattled Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence, who stands charged in an insider trading case. He has not at this time announced if he’s seek re-election, saying that a decision will be made in due time. At an event Saturday, Collins told News 4 he’s focusing on the job at hand.
“We’ll just let that all play out,” he said when referencing the candidates who have announced their plans so far. “My focus is on things like today, doing my job. I believe the public is paying attention so we’ll see where it all goes.”
State Senator Chris Jacobs announced in May, at that time saying that he’ll challenge Collins for the Republican line. In a statement to News 4, Jacobs said he welcomes Ortt to the campaign. Attorney Beth Parlato has also announced.
Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray, the Democrat who lost to Collins in 2018, has also thrown his hat into the ring, announcing earlier in August.
Ortt, a Republican from North Tonawanda, has represented the 62nd District, which encompasses Niagara and Orleans counties, in Albany since the beginning of 2015.
He said he’s confident he’s a strong conservative candidate, and that constituents are looking for someone who will work with the president.