From a GOP press release:
The Executive Committee of the Erie County Republican Committee today endorsed Chris Collins for County Executive. The Executive Committee voted unanimously to support Collins, who announced his candidacy earlier this week.
â€œToday the Republican Party in Erie County has endorsed a leader, entrepreneur, and reformer to become our next County Executive,â€ said James Domagalski, ECRC Chairman. â€œThe other party will offer the voters another politician in November. Chris Collins is a business leader with a proven track record of success. The other party will talk about economic development. Chris Collins has personally created or saved over 500 jobs in Western New York. The other party will say they will reform government. Chris Collins has reformed several local companies, turning them into vibrant, customer based, profitable enterprises. The other party represents the status quo. Chris Collins represents a new generation of bold leadership that can and will do better for the people of Erie County.â€
On Wednesday of this week, the ECRC County Executive Search Committee met and unanimously recommended Collins to the Executive Committee for endorsement. A day earlier, Collins announced his candidacy at Volland Electric in Cheektowaga. Just a few short years ago, Volland Electric was in financial distress before Collins stepped in to help stabilize the company, saving 110 local jobs in the process.
â€œErie County needs a Chief Executive, not another Chief Politician,â€ said Collins following the endorsement meeting. â€œPoliticians have controlled Erie County government for decades and they have continuously resisted reform and failed to create economic opportunity for our community. I know how to turn troubled companies around, and I think it is time to take the same approach and apply it to Erie County government.â€
â€œWe will do it by focusing on my three Râ€™s – reforming county government, rebuilding our economy, and reducing taxes,â€ continued Collins. â€œJust like the three Râ€™s â€“ reading, writing, and arithmetic â€“ provide a roadmap for a successful education, my three Râ€™s will provide a roadmap for true change and prosperity in Erie County. I am grateful for the Republican Party endorsement and the strong support I have received from members of this Committee.â€
Collins is married and has three children and one grandchild. He and his wife, Mary, live in Clarence.