Election 2020: Jacobs v. McMurray (NY-27)

This week, Albany Update is profiling the congressional race in New York’s 27th congressional district. Incumbent Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-Orchard Park) will face off against Democratic challenger Nate McMurray and Libertarian Duane Whitmer in this Western New York district.

Rep. Chris Jacobs has represented the 27th congressional district since July 21, 2020. He prevailed in a June special election in which he defeated McMurray, 50.7%-45.6%. Rep. Jacobs has served on the board of Buffalo Public Schools, was appointed New York Secretary of State under Gov. George Pataki, was elected Erie County Clerk in 2011 and re-elected in 2014, and served in the New York State Senate from 2017 until he was elected to Congress. Rep. Jacobs owns a real estate development company called Avalon Development. His campaign is emphasizing Second Amendment rights, border security, and support for business. Rep. Jacobs, while in the State Senate, voted against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Late-Term Abortion Expansion Act. He is also a long-time proponent of school choice.

This fall’s contest marks Nate McMurray’s third attempt to win a congressional election in the 27th congressional district. McMurray was defeated by then-Rep. Chris Collins by a razor-thin margin in 2018, and was defeated by Rep. Jacobs this past June. An attorney by profession, McMurray has worked for Delaware North in Buffalo; he was elected Grand Island Town Supervisor in 2015 and served in that capacity for one term. McMurray supports government reform, gun control, abortion rights, student debt relief, and Medicare for All.