A Republican nomination process may turn contentious as two candidates—Julie Killian and Dan Schorr—both eye a key open seat in the New York state Senate.
Ahead of the convention, neither candidate has shown signs of dropping from the race, even after Republican candidate and Bedford attorney, Sarmad Khojasteh, confirmed this week that he would step aside to support Killian in her bid.
According to Schorr, however, leaving the race is not an option.
“I believe I’m the strongest candidate to win this election and head up to Albany and clean house,” he said.
Because of the special election, there will be no primary. The nominee will be decided by a majority of district leaders.
While Schorr said he will stay in the race for the nomination process on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Westchester Manor in Hastings-on-Hudson, he said that he will support Killian if the results fall her way.
“I believe I have a lot of support going into the convention,” he said. “But if the convention chooses Julie, I will enthusiastically support her.”
The race for the 37th Senate District—which will be decided in a special election slated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, on April 24—is considered a crucial one for both Democrats and Republicans, who currently maintain a slim one-seat majority in the Senate.
Before Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, vacated the seat this January, he faced constant Republican challenges, including one from Killian in 2016, and a precedent-setting race against Bob Cohen, a Republican, which saw record money spent in a state race.
The eventual nominee for the Republican ticket will square off against Democratic nominee and state Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, who won support from the Democratic caucus earlier this year.
The Republican nominee will be forced to contend with a growing wave of Democratic votership that helped push Democrats across the county and elsewhere to victory.
The 37th Senate District encompasses the cities of Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle and Rye; the towns of Eastchester, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Rye, Bedford and North Castle; and the villages of Harrison, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Rye Brook and Port Chester.