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Republicans select candidate for 144th Assembly race

By Bert Gambini

Buffalo, NY – The Erie County Republican Committee endorsed Sean Kipp in the race to fill the seat left vacant after Sam Hoyt's resignation in the 144th Assembly district.

Kipp is the Sales Director at a Southtowns auto dealership and has never held nor run for political office.

"If we keep electing the same old candidates to the state legislature, things are never going to change in Albany," said Kipp. "As a homeowner, I was happy to see the state legislature pass property tax relief this past session. However, in typical Albany fashion, our legislators failed to pass any meaningful mandate relief and that will just pass the increases on down to the local level of government and further burden on middle class families."

Kipp is a resident of Buffalo's waterfront and a 2005 graduate of the University at Buffalo.

Local GOP Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy said Kipp is an energetic leader with the real-world experience needed to represent the district's taxpayers.

"I am very impressed by Sean's passion and his vision for Western New York's future. Sean Kipp is an energetic young leader that has the enthusiasm and real world experience to represent the taxpayers of the 144th Assembly District with a voice that they deserve in Albany. I am proud to join with the Republican leaders in the City of Buffalo and Grand Island in endorsing his candidacy for the New York State Assembly" said Langworthy.

Local attorney Sean Ryan is the Democratic candidate.

The special election to fill the vacant seat will be held on September 13th.