On Tuesday, February 25th, the members of the Ontario County Conservative Party met with and interviewed several candidates from both Seneca and Ontario County for the 131st Assembly seat. Conservatives from all corners of the county were present, representing multiple demographics. After vigorous questioning on a broad scope of relevant policy positions the Ontario County Conservative Party unanimously endorsed Town of Manchester Supervisor Jeff Gallahan.
The Ontario County Conservative Party usually represents between 12% and 15% of the total votes cast in a General Election for the 131st, in Ontario County. Chairman Reid Robbins said of the night: “We take pride in our process, which included reaching out to Conservatives over in Seneca County as well. We wanted to make sure everyone received an opportunity to present their arguments as to why they should earn our support. In order to win over our support, a candidate had to have a very good handle on a variety of current legislation being debated in Albany. They also had to speak to what they could add to the discussions, should they be elected in November.”
On the endorsement the Chairman added: “Jeff Gallahan was able to navigate through policy clearly, with resolve, as a conservative. His fiscally conservative leadership as Supervisor of Manchester and his lifetime of dedication to both the Sanctity of Life and to the guardianship of the Second Amendment spoke loudly. Honestly, it’s no wonder Senator Helming decided to endorse Jeff for this position early on, she knows what it takes. It’s not that the other candidates were bad, just that his expertise and life experiences clearly make him the best suited to represent our district.”