News Political Reporter Robert J. McCarthy reports that the congressional candidacy of Iraq War veteran David Bellavia appears to have ended.
Bellavia was trying to get on the ballot for the May 24 special election to fill the unexpired term of Republican Chris Lee, who resigned Feb. 9. On Friday, state Board of Elections officials informed him that he failed to submit required paperwork for an independent line on the ballot.
The News' topics page on the Chris Lee resignation has complete coverage of the race for his seat.
Meanwhile, Erie County Executive Chris Collins on Saturday formally announced that he was seeking re-election. The News' Joseph Popiolkowski was at the event at Volland Electric, and filed this report.