Town of Tonawanda attorney Kevin T. Stocker has filed a challenge in State Supreme Court in an effort to support his write-in candidacy for a State Senate seat. He is requesting judicial intervention with the Board of Elections to protect his status as a Conservative Party write-in. Motions in the matter are scheduled to be heard by Justice Diane Devlin on Aug. 18.
Stocker, who also sought the Senate seat in 2014, has claimed he is being thwarted in his run for the 60th District State Senate seat, which is being vacated by Democrat Marc C. Panepinto. Stocker recently alleged that Republican and Conservative party leaders were trying to force him into giving up his candidacy and he said he contacted the U.S. Justice Department, state Attorney General’s Office and the FBI to investigate what he claims are intimidation tactics.
Party leaders have denied Stocker’s allegations. The Republicans and Conservatives endorsed Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs for the Senate post.