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Assemblyman Bohen will run on GOP, minor party lines this fall

Assemblyman Erik Bohen, a registered Democrat who won a special election in April after his party rejected him, plans to run in November on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines.

The South Buffalo teacher had defeated the endorsed Democratic candidate, Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, with Republican and Conservative backing. When he arrived in Albany, both Democrats and Republicans shunned him.

And with Burke ready to challenge him again in September's Democratic primary, Bohen said Thursday he will skip that race and instead carry the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines into November's general election.

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Another candidate could file petitions to take on Bohen in a primary, but the deadline is Thursday. Bohen wouldn't say which party he plans to caucus with if he is elected.

The 142nd District includes Lackawanna, Orchard Park, West Seneca and parts of Buffalo.

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