Erie County Democrats back Nate McMurray for Congressional seat

Erie County Democrats Thursday backed former Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray to run for the 27th Congressional District seat left vacant by the resignation of former Rep. Chris Collins.

The county Democratic Committee also nominated U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) for an eighth term representing the 26th Congressional District and state Sen. Tim Kennedy for reelection to the 63rd Senate District seat he has held since 2013.

McMurray, a North Tonawanda native who served as Grand Island supervisor from 2016 to 2020, ran for 27th District seat in 2018, but lost to Collins by less than 1% of the vote, despite the GOP’s large enrollment advantage in the district.

“We know Nate will fight tirelessly as he did in 2018 to take back NY27 and give the people of that district something they haven’t had since 2011: actual representation and leadership defined by integrity rather than self-interest and scandal,” said county Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner, in a statement Thursday.

McMurray will appear on the ballot in the June primary as well as in a special election that is expected to be held April 28.

Collins resigned the seat last September after pleading guilty to insider trader charges.

Erie and seven other counties that make up the 27th Congressional District are expected to make an official joint nomination of McMurray shortly, according to the county committee.