Orleans GOP endorses Collins for re-election

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 February 2018 at 3:03 pm

Republicans also back Ortt, Hawley and Norris in State Legislature

ALBION – The executive committee of the Orleans County Republican Party was unanimous today in voting to endorse Chris Collins for a fourth term in Congress.

Congressman Collins

The 80-member committee also endorsed State Sen. Robert Ortt, and State Assembly members Steve Hawley and Michael Norris.

“We are very fortunate we have good representatives,” said Ed Morgan, the GOP chairman.  “They all work hard at what they do. They listen to their constituents on issues, whether lake levels, immigration or broadband.”

The committee met at Tillman’s Village Inn. The group isn’t voting to endorse yet on state-wide positions, including governor.

“It’s still wide open,” Morgan said about the governor’s race.

Collins, R-Clarence, represents the 27th Congressional District with includes Orleans and seven other counties. He attended the session this morning and met with the local Republican leaders.

“Chairman Ed Morgan and the Orleans County Republican Committee have done a tremendous job electing Republican candidates who will fight for a smaller, more accountable government and I am truly humbled to have once again earned their endorsement,” Collins said in a statement. “Their unwavering support will allow me to continue working closely with President Trump to ensure protecting our shorelines, expanding rural broadband access, and strengthening Orleans County’s agriculture industry will remain a top priority for the Trump Administration.”

Ortt of North Tonawanda is seeking a third two-year term as state senator since he succeeded George Maziarz in a district that includes Orleans, Niagara and a portion of Monroe counties.

Hawley of Batavia was first elected assemblyman in 2006. The 139th District includes all of Genesee County, nine of the 10 towns in Orleans, and a portion of western Monroe County.

Norris of Lockport is seeking a second term for the 144th District which includes Shelby in Orleans, and portions of Niagara and Erie counties.

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