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Brown Promises Decision on Congressional Run Soon

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – State Senator Byron Brown is one of two area Democrats still considering a possible run for the newly redrawn 28th congressional seat.

Senator Brown says he expects to make a decision in the "next few days" about a possible run for Congress against incumbent Democrat Louise Slaughter. Brown began examining a run late last month when long-time Representative John LaFalce decided to retire and not to seek re-election in the newly redrawn 28th district. Brown says as he considers a possible congressional campaign he has been in touch with LaFalce for advice.

"He's been kind enough to share information with me," Brown said. "I am using some of his kind words and his experience to guide me in making this decision."

Brown says waging a congressional race against Louise Slaughter would be costly. But Brown says he's also in the process of assessing the exact role that he can best serve the community.

"I'm in elected office because I want to see this region be everything that it can be," Brown continued. "A major part of my decision making process is in what role can I do the absolute most for the Buffalo Niagara region and all of upstate New York."

Erie County Legislature minority leader Charles Swanick is also considering a run. He already started to circulate petitions, but has not made a decision. Swanick is out-of-town on military reserve leave. His spokesperson says he could announce his decision by next week.