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May 1, 2008

CONGRESS: Lee kicks off campaign for 26th District

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Lee currently is managing the Patrick P. Lee Foundation, newly formed in his father’s name, to promote awareness, education, prevention and research of cancer and mental illness in Western New York. He and his wife, Michele, have a young son.

Lee was the majority choice, but not the unanimous choice, of GOP county committee chairmen when they met this past Monday in Batavia to decide who the party apparatus is backing in the coming race. Niagara County GOP Chairman Henry Wojtaszek had supported Talking Phone Book executive Rick Lewis. On Wednesday, he said that was then and now he’s fully behind Lee.

“It’s the process we agreed to,” Wojtaszek said. “We’re working on making Chris Lee our next congressman.”

Lee’s campaign is being managed by Erie County GOP Committee Executive Director Nick Langworthy, who previously worked for Reynolds. Current Reynolds staffer Amy Moore also turned out to the Lockport kickoff.

Powers completes Demo sweep; Davis issues a dare

On the other side of the aisle, the Erie County Democratic Committee on Tuesday announced its endorsement of Jonathan Powers in the 26th district race.

The 30-year-old war veteran thus racked up all seven county Democratic committees’ pledges to carry his designating petitions to get on the ballot this summer.

Meanwhile, maverick Democrat John R. “Jack” Davis challenged all candidates for the seat to join him in pledging not to accept campaign contributions from “lobbyists, multinational corporations or political action committees.

“I know how to fight, but I want this fight to be clean,” Davis said in a news release. “I pledge not to accept campaign contributions from PACs or Washington lobbyists and I will take no special interest money.”

Davis, the Akron industrial business owner who largely self-financed two previous campaigns against Reynolds, already pledged he’d bring $3 million of his own money into the current race.

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