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Bellavia petitions will not be challenged

Neither major party candidate will challenge the designating petitions filed by independent congressional candidate David Bellavia, paving the way for the Iraq War veteran to become the fifth candidate on the ballot for the 26th Congressional District vacancy.

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UPDATE: Bellavia unlikely to be on ballot

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Democrat Kathleen C. Hochul's campaign said Thursday it would not interfere with Bellavia's filings, and Republican Jane L. Corwin followed today.

"We respect and value David Bellavia's service to our country and have not filed any objections to his petitions," said Corwin spokesman Matthew Harakal.

The major party candidates reacted to a challenge issued Thursday by Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, who said he would not challenge the Bellavia petitions and called on the Democratic and Republican candidates to do likewise.

The special election to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Republican Chris Lee will take place on May 24.

--Robert J. McCarthy

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