The Republican Party on Saturday officially nominated Michael J. Norris of Lockport as its candidate in the 144th Assembly District.
Norris, an attorney and former chairman of the Niagara County GOP, stepped into the ring when Assemblywoman Jane L. Corwin, R-Clarence, announced Tuesday that she would not run for re-election. However, her nominating petitions already had been filed, requiring Corwin to sign a statement declining to run. That gave the GOP Committee on Vacancies the power to replace her.
No one else filed nominating petitions, but until Aug. 23, there is a window for an independent candidate to enter the race. The district covers parts of Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties.
“I am extremely humbled and grateful to receive the Republican nomination for the 144th Assembly District,” Norris said. “This district has a history of being represented by a principled conservative and I look forward to carrying on this tradition. I am excited to start campaigning and getting my taxpayer-first message spread across the district. Fighting for lower taxes, repealing the SAFE Act and getting real ethics reform are my priorities and the priorities of my neighbors. Once elected, I will continue to carry that message to Albany and hold the New York City liberal cabal accountable.”
“He will be a fighter for upstate values and make sure we have a conscientious, thoughtful voice working for us to clean up Albany,” Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy said.