He didn’t run in the Republican primary, and voters didn’t elect him. But Joe Errigo will be on the November ballot for the 133rd state assembly. Five days after Bill Nojay’s sudden and shocking death, and one day after he won the GOP primary, party leaders representing the three counties within the district met to pick a candidate to replace him.
They considered six candidates and unanimously picked Errigo, a former five-term state assemblyman from Conesus.
Monroe County GOP Chair Bill Reilich says Errigo was the right pick because of his proven conservative record and experience in Albany.
“The good news is we had a number of talented people to consider,” Reilich said. “But I think Joe was the one that fit the bill that we thought in this shortened campaign cycle and somebody who has served the district rather well that he would be a good person to continue that service.”
News 8 was the first to speak to Errigo after he was selected.
“I decided a few days ago that I wanted to go back in because of Bill Nojay,” he said. “We were close friends, and it really struck me.”
Some critics complained about the ethics of the primary, since some party leaders urged voters to choose Nojay, despite his death. They say that took true choice away from voters, since by law party leaders would pick a replacement candidate.
Errigo will now face Democrat Barbara Baer in the general election. Baer, an attorney and a social worker from Pittsford, released a statement saying “I am running against three men in a room who have handpicked a candidate. However affable, Mr. Errigo will owe the party bosses.”
Meantime, Jason McGuire, the chairman of the Livingston County Conservative Party, said Thursday he has accepted his party’s nomination for the 133rd assembly district.
The 133rd district covers parts of Monroe and Steuben counties, and all of Livingston County.