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Mills, Ross to lead Collins campaign

   Republican congressional hopeful Chris Collins has rolled out two top legislators to lead his effort to challenge Democratic incumbent Kathleen C. Hochul for the new 27th Congressional District seat this fall.

   Erie County Legislature Minority Leader John J. Mills and Niagara County Legislature Chairman William L. Ross will serve as his campaign chairmen, Collins said, calling them "respected, trusted leaders in their respective counties."

   "I worked closely with Jack to bring common sense, financial reform to Erie County and I got to know Bill well as Erie and Niagara counties partnered on many key economic initiatives, said Collins, the former Erie County executive.

   Collins continues to garner support from the western portion of the district, announcing on a regular basis a string of town organizations from Erie and Niagara counties that have joined his campaign in a GOP primary against Iraq War veteran David Bellavia. Many of the town and county organizations from smaller counties to the east, however, continue to support Bellavia.

--Robert J. McCarthy 

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