Mumford businessman Nick Stankevich Monday announced he was suspending his congressional campaign against Chris Collins for the 27th District.

Stankevich, who sought the Democratic nomination, stated, in part, “After careful consideration and with a heavy heart, I am suspending my campaign for Congress. I’m proud of the campaign I ran and proud of my team. I will take the lessons learned and the warmth from our neighbors who yearn for a better tomorrow, to continue fighting to make our community better. As always, I encourage every decision you make to have people at the heart of it, along with humility, compassion and kindness. The people of Western New York deserve that in their representative.”

Collins currently faces challenges from Democrat Nate McMurray, supervisor of Grand Island in Erie County and from Republicans Larry Piegza, Jim Banks and Frank Smierciak.

The 27th District includes more than half of Ontario County — Including Canandaigua, Victor and Farmington — along with the counties of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming and parts of Erie, Monroe and Niagara.