A source says Republican state Senator Rob Ortt will announce his candidacy Saturday for New York’s 27th Congressional District.
A press advisory, sent Friday afternoon, said he would hold two press conferences for a “special announcement” regarding the district, the first in Niagara County and the second in Genesee County. Ortt will be the third Republican to officially enter the 2020 race.
His state Senate colleague Chris Jacobs announced earlier this year, as did attorney and Fox News contributor Beth Parlato. Incumbent Congressman Chris Collins, who faces federal insider trading charges, is fundraising but said he doesn’t plan to make a final decision until later this year.
Prominently in the advisory, Ortt is identified as a Bronze Star recipient, a military decoration awarded for heroic or meritorious service. That is likely a reminder, as many have pushed for recent Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia to enter the race, that Ortt is a decorated veteran as well.
Last weekend, Democrat Nate McMurray, who narrowly lost to Collins in 2018, also entered the race.