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Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Iraq War Veteran David Bellavia will face off in the Republican Congressional Primary Tuesday. Genesee County Republican Chairman and Republican Elections Commissioner Richard Siebert said both Bellavia and Collins are very qualified for the job.

“We the Republican Party did not make an endorsement for either candidate and the main reason that we didn’t is when we had our endorsement meeting we did not have a quorum and of course if you don’t have a quorum, which for us is 55 members you cannot conduct business,” said Siebert.

Siebert said he didn’t make a personal endorsement, because he wanted to leave it up to the people of the Genesee County to decide without any influence.  

“Well I think first off they’re both dedicated public servants that want to serve, obviously David Bellavia has a record of serving his country, a distinguished record of serving his country in the military, I have full respect for what he’s done. Chris Collins on the other hand has got a proven record as to what he’s done as the Erie County Executive from what I’ve seen in the towns of Erie County that represent this congressional district he did very well in,” said Siebert.

Collins, Bellavia and Incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul are all running this fall to fill the new 27th Congressional District seat, which includes Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties, the western part of Ontario County and parts of Erie and Monroe Counties.

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