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Joy won't run for Congress in 2024

May 18, 2023 12:33 am

Tyler A. McNeil reports for the Daily Gazette that Republican Liz Joy will not run for a third time against Democrat Paul Tonko for the 20th Congressional District. Joy is a right-wing Republican who lost in 2020 and 2022 to Tonko by a wide margin in the Capital Region district. Joy attended Trump's rally near the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, though did not enter the House of Representatives during the attempted coup. Now Joy said on social media that she plans on turning her attention to advocate for state-level “election integrity," saying, "Together, we were able to bring serious national attention to the NY Capital Region 20th Congressional District, something that had never been done before. It is a direct result of citizen grass-roots support, our strong common sense message, and daily interacting with the people that live here and work here.” Albany County Republican Chair Randy Bashwinger said he was surprised that Joy won't run again, saying, “I’m sure we’ll find somebody, but it’s going to be tough to find anybody as strong as she was.” Joy lost to Tonko by about a 55-45 percent margin in 2022. Even though she was beaten by about 30,000 votes, Joy’s attorney requested an audit of the election, which the state denied. Joy claimed the state voter rolls have never been “formally audited.” But New York State Board of Elections spokesperson Jennifer Wilson said in an email that Joy is “factually incorrect” on the auditing process. Republican Elise Stefanik, who represents the 21st District, called Joy a “dear friend” and “inspiring patriot" and said, "I look forward to continuing to work with Liz Joy as she begins her next chapter to restore election integrity and to secure our elections in New York." Read more about this story in the Daily Gazette.

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