Conservative Party makes endorsements, including Shampine for county clerk

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 February 2020 at 8:42 am

Beth Parlato, former Darien town justice, backed for Congress

ALBION – The Orleans County Conservative Party Committee has endorsed Diane Shampine for Orleans County Clerk and Beth Parlato for Congress.

Shampine is currently the acting county clerk, following the retirement of Karen Lake-Maynard. Shampine and Nadine Hanlon, the clerk of the Orleans County Legislature, are both seeking election to a four-year term as county clerk.

The local Conservative Party Committee also endorsed Rocky Sidari of Albion for a four-year term as one of the county coroners.

The 27th Congressional seat up for election this year, following the resignation of Chris Collins on Sept. 30. He has since been sentenced to 26 months in prison for insider trading and lying to the FBI.

A special election will likely be April 28. The Conservative Party isn’t endorsing a candidate for the special election, but is backing Beth Parlato in a primary on June 23. Parlato, a former Darien town justice, works as a family law attorney in Erie County.

“We have never had someone so conservative be nominated to run for our district,” said Paul Lauricella, chairman of the Conservative Party in Orleans County. “Beth is everything that true conservatives have been waiting for – both socially and politically. She’s the real deal. She’s fresh and doesn’t have the baggage that some of the other candidates have like voting for Cuomo’s budgets among other things that the Democrats will go after like a shark in bloody waters. She will align herself with the Conservative Freedom Caucus, something our last Congressman distanced himself from. She’s pro-America and pro-27th District, citizens first and if elected will support the President’s agenda. She has the right endorsements and has raised more than $400,000. She’s ready to fight to win. We’re happy to back her.”

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