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State Senator Robert Ortt latest to announce run for 27th Congressional District

August 17, 2019 08:26 PM

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC)- New York State Senator Robert Ortt has announced he will run for the Republican nomination for the New York 27th Congressional District.

Ortt, a Bronze Star recipient who currently represents North Tonawanda in the New York State Senate, is the latest to announce a run for the seat currently held by Congressman Chris Collins.

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Collins, a Republican like Ortt, is currently facing federal insider trading charges. He has said that he still has not  decided on whether he will run again in 2020. 

Besides Ortt, State Senator Chris Jacobs has also announced plans to run for the GOP bid in 2020. A group of New York Republicans have been trying to court Medal of Honor winner David Bellavia to run for the seat as well, although he has said he is not interested in using his award to bolster his chances of getting elected.

Nate McMurray, who Collins narrowly beat in 2018, has announced his intention to run as a Democrat once again. McMurray's campaign declined to comment. 

The New York 27th District covers all of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties, as well as part of Erie, Ontario, Monroe and Niagara counties. 

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