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Sen. Ranzenhofer says he will not run for 27th Congressional district

Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer

August 27, 2018 10:18 AM

New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer says he is removing himself from consideration in the search to find a replacement candidate for the 27th Congressional district.

The Republican currently represents the 61st State Senate District, which encompasses parts of Erie County and Monroe County. and all of Genesee County.

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"I’m not giving up this opportunity lightly, but the decision is easier because there are so many other qualified candidates," Sen. Ranzenhofer said in a statement issued Monday. "These last few weeks have been a whirlwind. It has been an honor to have been asked by so many to consider a run for Congress."

Ranzenhofer was among possible candidates to replace Rep. Chris Collins. He suspended his campaign after he was arrested for insider trading and lying to the FBI. 

Republican leaders are still working to find a replacement for Collins.

"The chairmen and chairwomen who will make this very important decision have been thrust into unchartered waters and a very difficult situation," Sen. Ranzenhofer said. "They have taken their responsibilities seriously and have been very thoughtful and deliberative. No other group of individuals is better able to handle this challenge."

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