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Tonko, Joy in 20th Congressional District election

Oct 23, 2020 9:00 pm
Emilie Munson and Edward McKinley in the Times Union preview the election between incumbent Democrat Paul Tonko and Republican Liz Joy for the 20th Congressional seat. Tonko has served 11 years, and is 71. Joy is a 52-year-old mother of four with her 22-year-old daughter as her campaign manager. The district, which includes the city of Albany and all of Albany County, is considered a safe spot for Democrats with outnumbering Republicans among enrolled voters by 42 percent-to-24 percent. Tonko leads in fundraising with $1.4 million, while Joy has received just under $338,000 as of Sept. 30, according to Federal Elections Commissions filings. Tonko is best known for working on climate change legislation, but also backs efforts against pirate radio and takes donations from legal broadcast interests. Joy frames herself as a law-and-order supporter of President Donald Trump, but says she opposes his administration’s efforts to separate migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border. Read more about this story in the Times Union.