State Senator Chris Jacobs has been picked by the GOP to run for the vacant 27th Congressional District.

"I’m honored by this opportunity and I want to thank the county chairs and my fellow candidates," Jacobs said in a statement. "Western New York needs a strong advocate in Congress who will stand with President Trump and get results for the American people."

At least five people met Saturday at Byrncliff Golf Club in Varysburg to interview with top Republican officials about running for the 27th District seat, which has been vacant since now-convicted and sentenced Chris Collins resigned.

"Governor Cuomo is doing all he can to hand this seat to the Democrats, but I’m prepared for the fight," Jacobs said. "I’ve got a track record of winning tough races and delivering real results for this community and we’ll win this race by focusing on strengthening the future of Western New York by creating an environment for job growth, defending our borders and preserving our shared values and ideals."

Each person there gave opening remarks and answered questions.

"They asked a lot of good questions," State Senator Rob Ortt, who represents the 62nd district, said Saturday morning. "I thought we gave great answers, so nothing that really surprised me. There was no curveballs in there.

"They will go through the candidates today, and hopefully somewhere today they come to a decision, and then we can move to the next phase of this campaign."

Jeffrey Freeland, Beth Parlato, and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw also interviewed with GOP leaders, according to the Erie County Republican Committee.

Reporters were not allowed inside the room where interviews took place.

The special election is likely going to be April 28, the same day as the Democratic presidential primary, but Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn't made that official just yet.

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