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Stocker to challenge Jacobs in GOP bid for Panepinto seat

Another candidate has joined the battle for the 60th State Senate District seat, which may become the most hotly contested race in the upper house of the State Legislature.

Kenmore attorney Kevin T. Stocker, who won the Republican primary for the seat in 2014, declared Monday that he will challenge Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs on the Republican ballot in the Sept. 13 state primary. Stocker finished second to Democrat Marc C. Panepinto in a tight three-way general election race in 2014. Panepinto announced in March that he will not seek a second term.

Stocker, who declared he will campaign against corruption, has been going door-to-door to talk with voters for several months. The race may determine which party controls the State Senate next year.