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|U.S. House, New York, District 27|
Collins is a former county legislator.
Collins David Bellavia are contending in the June 26 Republican and Conservative Party primaries to see who will face incumbent Kathy Hochul (D) in the general election. With redistricting reforming Hochul's territory to favor Republicans, the Republican nominee would have a serious shot at winning in November.
Bellavia seeks to win as a more conservative candidate than Collins. He has pointed out that the former Erie County Executive praised incoming federal stimulus funding when he was in office. Collins, however, did receive the Conservative Party endorsement. State Party Chairman Michael Long commented: "He had a proven record.... Collins would be more competitive against the congresswoman."
According to the Buffalo News, Bellavia is the underdog and rarely recognized by Collins. Bellavia, who wrote a book and subsequently sold the movie rights about his experiences in Iraq, says in taking on Collins he is taking on the "Erie County (political) machine."
Both candidates are largely self-funded, with Collins self-funding $250,000 and Bellavia $45,000. Reports also show that Collins has raised another $5,750, and Bellavia raised $50,000 in addition to his own contribution.
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- ↑ New York Board of Elections "Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," Accessed June 11, 2012
- ↑ The Batavian "Bellavia knocks Collins for seeking funds from Obama's stimulus package," June 20, 2012
- ↑ US News "In New York 27th, a Fierce GOP Congressional Primary Rages," May 30, 2012
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Buffalo News "Battle-tested underdog David Bellavia is on a mission," June 19, 2012
- ↑ Buffalo News "Bellavia, Collins, largely self-financed," June 16, 2012
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