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 was a 2012 Republican and Conservative Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 27th Congressional District of New York. He lost in the primary.[1]

Bellavia is an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party activist.[2]

Elections

2012

See also: New York's 27th Congressional District elections, 2012

Bellavia ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 27th District. He sought the nomination on the Republican ticket[3] and lost to Chris Collins in the primary on June 26, 2012.[1]

Bellavia and Chris Collins contended in the June 26 Republican primary to see who would face incumbent Kathy Hochul (D) in the general election. With redistricting reforming Hochul's territory to favor Republicans,[2] the Republican nominee had 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 sought to win as a more conservative candidate than Collins. He pointed out that the former Erie County Executive praised incoming federal stimulus funding when he was in office.[4] 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."[5]

According to the Buffalo News, Bellavia was the underdog and rarely recognized by Collins.[6] Bellavia, who wrote a book and subsequently sold the movie rights about his experiences in Iraq, said in taking on Collins he took on the "Erie County (political) machine."[6]

Both candidates were largely self-funded, with Collins self-funding $250,000 and Bellavia $45,000. Reports also show that Collins raised another $5,750, and Bellavia raised $50,000 in addition to his own contribution.[7]

U.S. House, New York District 27 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Collins 59.2% 10,886
David Bellavia 40.8% 7,491
Total Votes 18,377

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