The group #No Hospital Downtown is endorsing Republican Dennis Bova for the 119th Assembly District seat.

Bova, who is opposed to the Mohawk Valley Health System downtown Utica hospital project, says the endorsement means very much to him.

#No Hospital Co-founder Jim Brock believes the $300,000 in state funding for the project will still be available if the hospital is not built downtown if residents elect candidates like Bova.

Bova will face Democrat Marianne Buttenschon in the November election.