Wheatfield Supervisor Timothy E. Demler Friday launched a Republican candidacy for lieutenant governor.
Demler chartered a bus that ferried him and supporters to the Capitol in Albany, where he made his announcement. He then returned to Western New York for a rally Friday night in the Holiday Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst.
He becomes the first Republican to announce for the second spot on the statewide ticket this year, and enters the race without any clear front-runner for the nomination for governor. Still, Demler or any other candidate can compete in the September GOP primary for the post.
Demler, 45, was re-elected without opposition to his sixth term as supervisor in 2005. In his only other attempt at office outside Wheatfield, Demler lost a bid for the 138th District Assembly seat to Democrat Francine DelMonte in 2002.
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