Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb to run for NY governor

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y (WROC-TV) - Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb announced he will run for New York governor on Tuesday.

The Republican became a member of the New York State Assembly by winning a special election in 2000. He has been re-elected nine times since then. In 2009, he became Minority Leader.

Kolb will challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018.

Kolb tells News 8 that the issues that matter to voters are different throughout the state and he wants to be a gubernatorial candidate that listens to voters. 

If he secures the nomination, Kolb will not seek re-election for his district seat. But he says that win or lose, the risk is worth it, as he hopes to make a difference. 

"At the end of 2018, Gov. Cuomo will be in for eight years," Kolb said. "I believe that's sufficient time for anyone to be governor. I believe in term limits for not only the governor, but all state elected positions, attorney general, state comptroller, state legislators, and I think we always need to have fresh blood and fresh ideas coming in on a regular basis."

News 8 did reach out to Gov. Cuomo's office, but have not yet heard back.

More information on Kolb can be found here.


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