Gallivan officially announces State Senate candidacy
By Mark Scott
Elma, NY – Two weeks after he said he would enter the race, Republican Patrick Gallivan officially announced his candidacy Wednesday for the 59th State Senate District seat. Gallivan was joined by supporters outside the Elma Town Hall.
Gallivan is a former Erie County Sheriff who currently serves on the State Parole Board. He's one of three Republicans hoping to succeed veteran State Senator Dale Volker, who is not seeking re-election.
Gallivan joins former Erie County Republican Chairman Jim Domagalski and former East Aurora Mayor David DiPietro in the race. Gallivan says he has no fear about taking on someone who once a party leader.
"It's not up to party bosses. It's up to citizens," Gallivan said.
Gallivan did say he received a ruling from the state ethics commission that he does not have to resign his seat on the Parole Board to run for the Senate.
Lancaster Mayor Williams Cansdale, who had been considering his own run for the Senate seat, joined Gallivan at his announcement and will be supporting him.