Erik T. Bohen has become the first Democrat to officially declare his candidacy for the 142nd Assembly seat vacated by the election of Michael P. Kearns as Erie County clerk.
Bohen, 35, is a Buffalo Public Schools special education teacher since 2004 with strong ties to several top Democrats and union officials.
“For the last two decades I’ve strived to be an integral part in the success and progress of my community,” Bohen said, “and running for the vacant Assembly seat is another illustration of this commitment.”
Bohen earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree from Canisius College. He volunteers as a cross-country coach at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and has previously coached at Mt. Mercy Academy.
Other names mentioned for the seat include South Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon, County Legislator Patrick B. Burke, and Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski.
Kearns was sworn in as county clerk. The Erie County Democratic Party will name the candidate for a special election if one is called by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has not yet signaled his intention. If the governor opts not to schedule a special election for the Kearns seat and other vacancies around the state, candidates qualifying for the ballot would compete in a September primary and November general election.