McMurray Likely To Face Dem. Party Primary Before Collins

Zellner: Three Challengers Ready To Go Against Endorsement

Dave Debo
February 19, 2018 - 7:57 am

(WBEN) Democrats may have found their candidate to challenge Congressman Chris Collins in November, but the issue isn't quite settled yet, with Erie County Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner suggesting that three other candidates are likely to still petition for a primary. 

Last week, the chairs of each party across the 27th Congressional district endorsed Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray for the post. Assistant District Attorney Sean Bunny, Engineer Tom Casey, Williamsville businesswoman Joan Seamens and Genesee county entrepreneur Nicholas Stankevich all competed for the endorsement.

"And I believe al of them but one- Nick Stankevich- said they were going to primary,"  Zellner said during a Sunday appearance on WBEN's Hardline program with Dave Debo. " so I don't know who is going to do it or not. That is up to their team, and their supporters. ... they've got to make that decision on their own."

Zellner says that each candidate is qualified, and he wouldn't mind seeing them run for the various state legislature positions up for election in November, and he made specific mention of Sean Bunny being in Republican Assemblyman David DiPietro's district. Casey also lives in that district, but has been an unsuccessful candidate for state legislature on numerous occasions.  Seamens lives in Amherst where she could possibly challenge State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer or Assemblyman Ray Walter. 

Zellner says he expects to consult with the candidates on the possibility of other runs later this week.



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