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Collins has a challenger for 27th Congressional District

Staff Reports Posted 25 February 2016 at 12:00 am

Batavia businesswoman announces campaign

Diana Kastenbaum

A Batavia businesswoman announced her candidacy for the 27th Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Chris Collins.

Diana Kastenbaum, a Democrat, is the CEO of Pinnacle Manufacturing Company Inc. in Batavia.

“As a small business owner from Batavia, I am well aware of the realities that face middle class families,” Kastenbaum said. “Using my years of experience as a businesswoman, I will bring new ideas and solutions to the problems we face in Western New York. We need a member of Congress who will fight for Western New York on the issues that matter most: good paying jobs, ending income inequality, making college more affordable, and providing access to affordable healthcare. Where Congress has failed us, I will lead.”

Kastenbaum’s family has owned and operated Pinnacle, a zinc and aluminum dye casting manufacturing company, since 1972. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is married to actor and comedian Hiram Kasten. Their daughter, Millicent, is a senior government major at Cornell University.

New York’s 27th Congressional District includes all of Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston counties and parts of Erie, Monroe, Ontario, and Niagara counties.

Collins, the former county executive in Erie County, was first elected to Congress in November 2012. He is seeking re-election to a third two-year term. He made news on Wednesday as the first member of the House of Representatives to endorse Donald Trump for president.