Republicans are again turning to a Democrat – Erik T. Bohen – as their candidate in a special election for the 142nd Assembly District.
Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy said party leaders settled on Bohen, a teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools, as their choice for an April 24 contest to fill the vacancy created by the election of former Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns as Erie County Clerk last November.
He will face County Legislator Patrick B. Burke, who was nominated by Democratic leaders Monday.
The move mirrors the 2012 special election in which Democrat Kearns beat an endorsed Democrat for an Assembly vacancy on the GOP and Conservative lines.
Langworthy said Tuesday he looks to repeat the same dynamic in 2018 for the South Buffalo-based district.
“Erik has amassed a great deal of support from throughout the district,” he said. “He has a reform agenda in mind and has a lot more in common with us than against us, just like Mickey. I’m not surprised that his own party slammed their door in his face.”
Erie County Conservatives are expected to also nominate Bohen, Langworthy said.