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Jones announces campaign for New York's 17th Congressional District

Jul 06, 2023 12:11 am

Luke Parsnow reports in New York State of Politics that the Hudson Valley will be featured prominently nationally during the Congressional elections next year, as Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2022 by flipping several Hudson Valley districts from Democrats. On July 5, one former representative, Mondaire Jones, announced he will try an unseat Republican Rep. Mike Lawler in New York's 17th Congressional District. Jones said on social media, “I’ve never been Washington’s choice. It’s because I stand up to corruption.... I battle with Republicans trying to overthrow our democracy and ban abortion, even as I push my party to fight harder for working people. I’m running to finish the work I began.” Jones was elected to the former 17th District in 2020. But after redistricting, Democrat Sean Maloney switched from the 18th to the 17th District, which he lost, and Jones ran in the 10th District, losing the Democratic primary to Dan Goldman. In a statement, a spokesperson for Lawler criticized Jones with the same attacks that won Republicans elections in 2022, saying Jones "supports the defund the police movement and New York's disastrous cashless bail law, and voted for the reckless spending that saddled us with record high inflation." Read more about this story in New York State of Politics.

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