Congressional candidate Nick Langworthy received endorsements Monday from Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell.
“I know with a voice from Chautauqua County, Nick will be that driving force in Washington for us,” Wendel said outside Jamestown City Hall. “As a county native with great ties to Chautauqua County, I’m confident Nick will support us.”
Goodell said as a native of Chautauqua County, Langworthy will fight to represent the community and uphold its values.
“It is truly a distinct honor and pleasure for me to endorse Nick Langworthy for Congress,” he said. “Nick Langworthy is the top candidate for Congress representing Chautauqua County.”
Goodell said Langworthy had a personal understanding of the different challenges faced by residents of the 23rd congressional district.
“Nick fully understands the financial challenges facing our families in this district,” he said. “He understands the devastating impact of inflation on family budgets. He understands our values, our point of view and what is important to us.
Goodell said Langworthy is the best candidate to strengthen law enforcement, secure the border, limit federal spending and fight inflation.
Langworthy, who is the state’s GOP chairman, is running against Carl Paladino, who is a real estate developer and businessman. Both men are seeking Republican support ahead of the Aug. 23 Republican primary election.
“It’s a great honor and a big boost for my candidacy to have the likes of PJ Wendel and Andy Goodell in my corner in this race,” said Langworthy. “It’s a huge honor for me to run for Congress here where I come from.”
Born at WCA Hospital, Langworthy explained that his extended family is located in Chautauqua County and he is proud of his Jamestown heritage.
“This will always be home” he said. “Our way of life here and my upbringing here, I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. That’s what I’m really fighting to preserve and why I want to go to Washington. I think areas like the Southern Tier have been forgotten across the country and in this state for far too long.
Langworthy said poor state and federal regulations and policies have led to a mass exodus of people from the Southern Tier region.
One of Langworthy’s priorities is to reduce the cost of living for Americans.
“All the different costs of living have exploded”, he said. “We need help at the government level.”
To combat rising levels of inflation, Langworthy said the energy crisis must be tackled, promising he would fight for energy independence as soon as he is elected.
“We absolutely need to facilitate job creation in this country and bring down our gas prices,” he said. “We’ve had way too many government obstacles along the way.”
Langworthy also said he will serve as an advocate for farmers and promote policies that will provide jobs for the next generation in the region.
“I’m here for our next generation” he said. “Our children and grandchildren deserve the opportunity to live and grow where their family roots are.”
Other policies discussed by Langworthy were the southern border and drugs. He said the southern border crisis had caused drug problems to skyrocket across the United States and blamed China as the source of the drugs.
“I think China is the greatest national and international threat to the United States of America,” he said.
Langworthy blamed the current administration for many of the problems he says the United States is currently facing. He thinks America needs different leadership to solve these problems. “President Trump was tough and put America first,” he said. “We don’t have that right now in this administration.”
With the Republican primary election just days away, Langworthy used Monday’s endorsement announcement as an opportunity to ask local residents to support his campaign.
“I want to be the fearless defender of Western New York, the South End and Congress,” he said. “I would be very proud to win the vote and support of everyone in this community.”