Hawley won’t pursue 27th Congressional seat
Assemblyman Steve Hawley won’t be running for the open 27th Congressional seat, which was vacated with the resignation of Chris Collins on Sept. 30.
Hawley of Batavia was elected to the State Assembly about 14 years ago on Feb. 28, 2006.
He issued this statement today:
“After much consideration with my friends and family, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for the open 27th Congressional Seat in Congress at this time.
“Serving the residents of the 139th District in the State Assembly has been one of the highest honors of my life and our state faces a host of pressing challenges that cannot be ignored. Thus, my friends and neighbors deserve a full-time Assemblyman and someone who is laser-focused on meeting those challenges and moving our state forward.
“While it would be an extreme honor to serve as a member of the House of Representatives and serve with honesty and integrity as exemplified by our family’s close friend, former Congressman Barber B. Conable, Jr., I am confident that whoever is chosen to run will exhibit these attributes.
“It is crucial for the fate of our state and our country that this Congressional Seat remains in Republican hands and I am confident that whoever should be elected this April will do a tremendous job representing us in Washington.”