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Former congressional candidate Alice Kyzan dies

A well-known, local environmental attorney who was ran for Congress in 2008 has died. 

Alice Kryzan will be remembered for her big democratic primary upset in 2008 when she defeated millionaire businessman Jack Davis and Iraq War veteran Jonathan Powers for the 26th Congressional District.

In a September 2008 interview with WBFO News, Kryzan quoted the late Senator Paul Wellstone on her political philosophy. She talked about why she was considered the "grown up" candidate in that primary race.

"Politics is not about power and money. It's about improving people's lives," she said.

"I thought it was very important for me to stand up as a citizen and as a resident of the 26th District and say, we need to do things differently. I certainly felt that here in the 26th District, we have not been represented by someone in Congress for a very long time who wanted to work for us first," Kryzan said.

Kryzan later lost in a close race to Republican Chris Lee in the 26th District. Kryzan also ran unsuccessfully in 2009 for Amherst Town Supervisor, losing to Republican Barry Weinstein. 

Kryzan died over the weekend after a battle with cancer.  She was 63.