Former Canandaigua City Council member Cindy Wade has thrown her hat in the ring for the 131st Assembly seat. The field of candidates is now at four, with three Republicans and one Democrat vying to represent the district that covers part of Seneca County and all of Ontario County. Longtime Assemblyman Brian Kolb, R-Victor, is not seeking re-election.
Wade, who served eight years on City Council, plans to formally announce her candidacy on Monday. She said Thursday she wants to return to public life and put her 38 years of business and local government experience to work in the Legislature. She said her record on City Council shows she is fiscally conservative and the Assembly needs more representation from Republican women.
Manchester Town Supervisor Jeff Gallahan, also seeking the Republican nomination for the seat, this week received the endorsement of the Ontario County Conservative Party.
Party Chairman Chairman Reid Robbins said the party heard from conservative candidates. “In order to win over our support, a candidate had to have a very good handle on a variety of current legislation being debated in Albany. They also had to speak to what they could add to the discussions, should they be elected in November.”
“Jeff Gallahan was able to navigate through policy clearly, with resolve, as a conservative. His fiscally conservative leadership as Supervisor of Manchester and his lifetime of dedication to both the Sanctity of Life and to the guardianship of the Second Amendment spoke loudly.”
Gallahan was also endorsed by the New York State Independence Party and has received the support of state Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua.
Also seeking the GOP nod is Seneca County Chamber of Commerce president Jeff Shipley. Shipley, who lives in Waterloo, is project director for Seneca County’s Tourism Promotion Agency and a board member of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency.
Seeking the Democratic nomination for the 131st is Matthew Miller of Canandaigua. A veteran of the New York Army National Guard where he was an intelligence analyst, Miller has been a patient care technician in the Emergency Department at Thompson Hospital and a clinical assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital.
In other news, Democratic congressional candidate Nate McMurray was in Canandaigua last week for a town hall event as he campaigns for the April 28 special election in the 27th Congressional District. Also running to fill the vacant seat is state Sen. Chris Jacobs, Republican from Buffalo, and Libertarian candidate Duane Whitmer, tax advisor and chair of the Erie County Libertarian Party. McMurray has pressed for eight debates before the election, one in each of the district’s counties that include Ontario County. One debate is scheduled for April 7, hosted by WIVB News Buffalo.