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Domagalski formally enters State Senate race

Jim Domagalski
Jim Domagalski

By Mark Scott


Buffalo, NY – The Republican party leader in Erie County is now mounting his own campaign for elective office. Jim Domagalski formally announced his candidacy Tuesday for the 59th State Senate district seat.

Domagalski's entrance into the race comes just days after the Republican incumbent, Dale Volker, said he would not seek re-election after a 38-year career in state government. Former East Aurora Mayor David DiPietro is also seeking the GOP nomination as part of the tea party movement. Former Sheriff Patrick Gallivan is said to be exploring a run as is Lancaster Village Mayor William Cansdale. That would set up an almost unheard of four-way Republican primary. But at his announcement Tuesday, Domagalski said he's not worried about what others may do.

"I'm in the race. I'm in it to win," Domagalski said. "I have a deep passion for this."

Republican primaries are rare. Should Gallivan enter this one, it would create one of the most spirited intra-party battles the Republicans have seen in this area. But former State Attorney General Dennis Vacco said he doesn't believe such a primary would lead to a split in the local Republican party.

"Absolutely not," Vacco said. "A battle over ideas is never bad."

Domagalski's decision to run the State Senate means the Republican party will soon have a new chairman. It's expected to be Nick Langworthy, who currently serves as an aide to Congressman Chris Lee.