January 25, 2009

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Two more candidates surface for Gillibrand House seat

HUDSON – Two candidates Saturday expressed interest in the congressional seat being vacated with the appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand to the US Senate.

She was named Friday by Governor David Paterson to fill the post previously held by now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

State Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Tedisco has entered the race for the 20th Congressional District seat and has already been endorsed by the Saratoga County GOP Committee town and city chairs. That county comprises 30 percent of the district, which starts in Hyde Park.

Tedisco is the candidate “with a proven record of fighting for lower taxes, an improved business climate and less wasteful spending,” said Saratoga County Republican Chairman John Nolan.
Red Hook resident and attorney Michael Pollok also tossed his hat into the ring on Saturday announcing he would run as an independent in the special election. His platform will be one of keeping families in their homes and creating jobs.

On Friday, Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner of Rhinebeck said he would seek the Democratic nomination.

Gillibrand held the post for two years, having just been elected to a second term when she was tapped for the Senate.

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