Iraq War veteran David Bellavia and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins will square off Tuesday in a Republican congressional primary.
The winner will face incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul this fall in the newly revamped 27th Congressional District, which includes Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
The primary campaign has been particularly spirited.
Bellavia has gone on the offensive in recent days, attacking Collins’ conservative credentials and claiming the Clarence resident is out of touch with the rural residents of the district.
Bellavia, who lives in Batavia, has stressed that he is the true conservative in the race and is best positioned to defeat Hochul in November.
Collins has highlighted his business background and experience as executive of the largest county in upstate New York. He contends Bellavia’s attacks are a desperate ploy by a losing candidate.
Registered Republicans are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s primary.
Collins will be on the Conservative Party line whether or not he wins Tuesday’s primary.