With Rep. Chris Collins suspending his re-election bid, several Republicans on Saturday either jumped into the race or dipped their toe into the water.

Forming a campaign to replace Collins, indicted this week on insider trading charges, on the ballot with three months to go before the general election would be tricky. The condensed time period would likely give a leg up to candidates with money and infrastructure in place.

So far, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has formally declared his plan to seek the nomination.

“As a proud Republican and conservative supporter of President Trump, I cannot stand by and let this critical Congressional seat fall into the hands of a radical left wing candidate who will be a vote to impeach President Trump,” Mychajliw said in a statement.

Assemblyman Ray Walter, a Republican who ran for Erie County executive in 2015, did not rule out a bid in a statement of his own.

In the statement, Walter said he was “honored to be mentioned” as a potential candidate for the House seat, saying he hoped to have the “necessary conversations” about the next candidate.

Another potential Collins successor is David Bellavia, an Iraq war veteran who sought the nomination against Collins in a 2012 primary.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of possible contenders: The 27th congressional district has several relatively young and prominent Republican officeholders who could seek the backing of local GOP leaders.

Democrats in the district, not surprisingly, urged Collins to resign now and have Gov. Andrew Cuomo call a special election, which would likely be held on the same day as the November general election.

“If Chris Collins’ arrest is serious enough to make him suspend his campaign, why isn’t it serious enough to make him resign?” said Genesee County Democratic Chairman Michael Plitt.

“We’re going to be saddled with a lame duck representative under criminal indictment who has been stripped of his committee assignment and any power in Congress, for what? His arrogant ego? It’s a disgrace.”

The Republican candidate would face Democrat Nate McMurray, the town supervisor of Grand Island.

To remove Collins from the ballot, Republicans will likely have to nominate him for another office.