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David Bellavia

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David Bellavia
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U.S. House, New York, District 27
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David Bellavia is a 2012 Republican and Conservative Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 27th Congressional District of New York.

Elections

2012

See also: New York's 27th congressional district elections, 2012

Bellavia is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 27th District. He is seeking the nomination on the Republican and Conservative Party tickets.[1]

Bellavia and Chris Collins 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,[2] the Republican nominee would have a serious shot at winning in November.

Bellavia is an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist, and Collins is a former county legislator.[2] 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.[3] 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."[4]

According to the Buffalo News, Bellavia is the underdog and rarely recognized by Collins.[5] 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."[5]

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.[6]

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