These are the local and statewide delegates to the Republican National Convention being held in Cleveland.
Congressional District 23
John Prendergast: Supervisor of Town of Benton in Yates County, chairman of the Yates County division of anti-gun control organization SCOPE. Former director of international sales and marketing for Ferro Corporation in Cleveland. Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hobart College and master’s in business from the University of Rochester Simon Business School.
Bob Hayssen: Supervisor of Town of Varick in Seneca County. Self-employed excavating contractor – Hayssen Site Contractors. Attended Hartwick College and resides in Seneca Falls.
Sandra King: Yates County Republican chair and co-founder of the Finger Lakes Tea Party Patriots. Founder and president of Practical Consultants LLC, which specializes in workplace violence prevention and personal safety and security. Veteran of New York State Police, as field training and firearms instructor and public information officer. Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo State College. Lives in Potter.
Lee Shurtleff: State Republican committee member and past chairman of Tompkins County GOP. Director of Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response. Former Tompkins County elections commissioner. Has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Cortland. Lives in Groton.
Philip Beckley: Communications manager at Seneca BioEnergy, board member for Finger Lakes Health and second vice chair of Ontario County Republican Committee. Former publisher of the Finger Lake Times. Bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College. Lives in Geneva.
Julian Raven: Artist and preacher. Born in London, raised in Spain and attended Chelsea College of Arts in London. Recently became a U.S. citizen and resides in Elmira.
Congressional District 26
Nicholas A. Langworthy: Erie County Republican Committee chairman. President and founder of Liberty Opinion Research, a polling company dedicated to electing Republican candidates. Campaign manager for Rep. Tom Reynolds and district director for Rep. Chris Lee. Bachelor’s degree from Niagara University. Lives in Amherst.
Carl Paladino: GOP candidate for governor in 2010 and current Buffalo School Board member. CEO of Ellicott Development Co. Served as a captain in the Army. Graduated from St. Bonaventure University and earned law degree at Syracuse University. Lives in Buffalo.
Henry Wojtaszek: Former chairman of Niagara County Republican Committee. Former partner at Harris Beach PLLC; attorney for City of North Tonawanda. President and CEO of Western Region Off Track Betting. Former Navy judge advocate general. Law degree from University of Dayton. Lives in North Tonawanda.
John Schmidt: Second vice chairman of Erie County Republican Committee. Partner at Phillips-Lytle LLP. Chairman of Boy Scouts of America Niagara Frontier Council. Treasurer for Upstate New York Transplant Services. Law degree from Rutgers University. Lives in Buffalo.
Ross Kostecky: Chairman of Delaware District Republican Committee. Community activist for Erie County Legislature. Formerly employed by Erie County Board of Elections. Canisius College graduate. Lives in North Buffalo.
Karen McCarthy: Clerk of the Erie County Legislature and member of Cheektowaga Republican Committee and Erie County Federation of Republican Women. Formerly worked for Erie County Board of Elections. Lives in Cheektowaga.
Congressional District 27
David DiPietro: Represents 147th Assembly District. Owner of Sparkle Cleaners. Former trustee and mayor of East Aurora. Bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University. Resides in East Aurora.
Edward Morgan: Orleans County Republican chairman, Western New York Republican regional vice chairman and Town of Murray highway and water superintendent. Resides in Holley.
Ralph Mohr: Commissioner of Erie County Board of Elections. Sits on GOP convention Rules Committee. Former Erie County legislator. Law degree from the University at Buffalo. Lives in Lancaster.
Trisha Turner: Vice chairwoman of the Ontario County Republican Committee and president of the Ontario County Women’s GOP. Member of the Victor School Board and community liaison for Assemblyman Brian Kolb. Resides in Victor.
Paul Reid: CEO of the Reid Group, a Lockport petroleum distribution company. Trustee of All Saints Catholic Church in Lockport, treasurer of the Western Erie Canal Alliance and co-chairman of the National Fuel Foundation. Serves on the boards of Artpark and Old Fort Niagara. Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and master’s from Indiana University. Resides in Lockport.
Kim Bowers: Senior business analyst for Sykes Enterprises, an analytics company. Erie County Republican Committee assistant treasurer. President of the Erie County Federation of Republican Women; corresponding secretary of the state Federation of Republican Women. Bachelor’s degree from Canisius College. Lives in Orchard Park.
John Flanagan: Majority leader of the New York State Senate. Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and member of the Heroin Task Force. Former chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and law degree from Touro Law School. Lives in East Northport.
Brian Kolb: Assembly minority leader. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Roberts Wesleyan College. Lives in Canandaigua.
Wendy Long: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. Partner at New York law firm. Clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth and law degree from Northwestern University. Resides in New York City.
Timothy Howard: Erie County sheriff and instructor at the New York State Police Academy in Albany. Retired State Police inspector. Master’s degree from SUNY Albany and graduate of the FBI National Academy. Lives in South Wales.
Brian Rusk: Public relations consultant and former Erie County legislator. Member of the Amherst Republican Committee, State Republican Committee and General Pulaski Association. Lives in Amherst.