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Arnold wants consideration from GOP, Conservative brass

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 July 2014 at 12:00 am

State Senate candidate Gia Arnold wants Republican Party bosses to give her a shot as the party’s endorsed candidate.

She submitted petitions last week to run as both a Conservative and Republican candidate. With news that George Maziarz is retiring and not seeking re-election, Arnold believes that both parties’ leaders should give her consideration as the endorsed candidate.

Arnold, 24, of Holley will be having news conferences on the steps of North Tonawanda City Hall at 11 a.m. today and then at 2 p.m. in front of the Orleans County Courthouse in Albion.

Media reports have said that Robert Ortt, North Tonawanda mayor, is the likely Republican nominee. Arnold wants the party leaders to not overlook her. Thus far, she said she hasn’t been interviewed.

On Facebook this morning, she criticized Ortt for heaping praise on Maziarz and not acknowledging the district’s economic struggles.

“I fear that Robert Ortt is just another pawn willing to play the corrupt games that Maziarz has been involved with all along,” Arnold said on Facebook. “We need a new, fresh replacement in Albany.”