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Smardz withdraws from Assembly race

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Take Assemblyman Kevin Smardz out of the crowded race for the seat in the 147th district.

Smardz, a Republican from Hamburg, cited personal reasons in announcing his decision this morning.

Former East Aurora Mayor David DiPietro, businessmen David Mariacher and Chris Lane, and Christina Abt of Eden have previously stated their intentions to run for the seat.  

The newly configured district includes 15 Erie County towns and all of Wyoming County.