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2008-05-07 / Front Page

Lee wins endorsements for Reynolds' seat

Chris Lee speaks to supporters on April 30 outside the Amherst Municipal Building. Behind him is his wife, Michele. Photo by David F. Sherman Chris Lee speaks to supporters on April 30 outside the Amherst Municipal Building. Behind him is his wife, Michele. Photo by David F. Sherman Businessman Christopher Lee was endorsed Monday for the 26th Congressional District seat by the man who is retiring from the office.

Rep. Thomas Reynolds, R-Clarence, formally announced his support for Lee in a press conference at Erie County Republican Committee Headquarters.

Lee announced his candidacy on April 30 at four locations, including the Amherst Municipal Building. He also spoke in Greece, Batavia and Lockport.

The public events followed deliberations one day earlier by Republican Committee leaders of the seven counties in the sprawling district.

Their vote gave Lee the Republican endorsement.

Talking Phone Book President Rick Lewis and Iraq War veteran David Bellavia also sought the nomination.

"As someone who knows a little bit about the people of Western New York and the 26th Congressional District, I know Western New Yorkers will value Chris' business experience and find him to be a true leader who wants to go to work on behalf of our community," Reynolds said Monday.

Lee, who resides in Clarence, received his bachelor of arts in economics and finance from the University of Rochester. He earned his master's degree in business administration with a concentration in international business from Chapman University.

He joined Enidine in 1995 and after working up to the position of general manager, was promoted to president of the Automation Group, a division of International Motion Control, in 2003.

Since the sale of the company in September, he has been active in the formation of the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

"As a businessman with over 20 years of private sector experience, I plan to use my unrelenting work ethic and ability to get things done to get real results for Western New York and bring real reform to Washington, D.C.," Lee said April 30.

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