Talk show host to challenge Rep. Higgins

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The race for the 26th Congressional District is heating up. Republican Kathy Weppner announced her candidacy Friday morning. The former talk show host will challenge Democratic incumbent Brian Higgins for the seat.

Weppner has a professional background in television and radio broadcasting. She and her husband raised their family in Amherst, and three of their five children have served in the Armed Forces.

“For those of you who have listened to me for years on the radio, you know how much I love my God, I love country, and I love Western New York. And that is why I’m running,” she said. “Today I’m offering up myself for the slaughter that we usually witness during political campaigns in hopes that we can, for the common good, change the debate.”

Weppner made her announcement on the front steps of the Amherst Town Hall.

Democrat Emin Egriu also plans to challenge Higgins. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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