GOP selects candidate for special election
Published: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 00:07
Following the resignation of former Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., a special election must be held to fill the vacant New York 26th District seat in the House of Representatives.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to set a date for the election, and it could be up to three months before voters are presented with a ballot.
Under current state law, a vote must be scheduled within 30 to 40 days of the governor's proclamation that a special election will take place, but a new bill proposed by Cuomo would require that state law extend the period of time for military voting. If that bill passes, the vote could be scheduled 70 to 80 days after the special election is announced.
Until the seat is filled, The Clerk of the House of Representatives will manage the seat.
There is speculation that the delay in the election gives an advantage to the Democratic Party by affording party organizers the time they need to prepare a candidate and begin fundraising.
Democratic leaders are currently at the point of accepting résumés from interested candidates. According to Buffalo News, Erie County Clerk Kathleen Hochul is likely to have the "Democratic nod if she desires."
Meanwhile, a coalition of local GOP leaders has already chosen Jane Corwin as the Republican candidate. A resident of Clarence, N.Y., Corwin has been a member of the state assembly since 2009. She was unanimously selected over eight other candidates.
An independently wealthy businesswoman, Corwin is expected to bring her own financial resources into the race.
Tea Party members are emerging in opposition to Corwin's nomination, and support for David Bellavia, a Silver Star recipient in Iraq, is building.
Industrialist Jack Davis has expressed interest in running as a third-party candidate.