State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb was unanimously supported this week by the Yates County Republican Committee to be the gubernatorial candidate for Governor of New York State.
County Chair Sandy King said a straw poll was conducted and Assemblyman Kolb was elected unanimously by the members of the committee to be the Republican gubernatorial candidate.
The action, which was taken at the committee’s first meeting of 2018 after a discussion of the slate of Republican candidates for governor, is the first county backing of Kolb in the state.
Kolb announced on Dec. 12 that he is a candidate for Governor of New York in 2018. He has served in the Assembly since February 2000 when he won a special election. He was elected Minority Leader in 2009.
“Assemblyman Kolb represents our Republican values,” said King. “He is well known to the citizens of Yates County and has the experience, policy knowledge, drive and tenacity to campaign against and ultimately defeat Andrew Cuomo and become the next governor of New York State.
“Minority Leader Kolb is a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights, addressing spending in New York government, repealing state mandates, lowering taxes, promoting a business friendly environment, addressing the corruption in New York State government and bringing government back to the people and out of the hands of corrupt government officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo,” King continued. “We Republicans in Yates County look forward to supporting Assemblyman Brian Kolb for governor and ultimately electing him as the governor of the State of New York.”
Leader Kolb, of Canandaigua, represents the 131st Assembly District, which includes all of Ontario County and portions of Seneca County.
Born in Rochester, he received his Associate of Arts degree from Saint Petersburg Junior College in 1980. From 1986 to 1987, he was the Town Supervisor for the Town of Richmond and also served on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors.
In 1996, he received his BS Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, and earned his MS Degree there in 1998. He became an adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan in 2000.
Before starting his legislative career, he was extensively involved in business as the co-founder of North American Filter Corp, as well as the former President/COO of Refractron Technologies Corp., both located in Newark.