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Joy will challenge Tonko again in 2022

Apr 03, 2021 6:30 am
Emilie Munson reports for the Times Union that Republican Liz Joy filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission April 1 to challenge Rep. Paul Tonko, a Democrat from Amsterdam, again in 2022. In 2020, Joy ran against Tonko, but received 38 percent of the vote to Tonko's 62 percent in the 20th Congressional District election. A Democrat named Cole Francis Matthews has also declared intentions to challenge Tonko. Joy is a real estate agent from Glenville, with policies that align with former President Donald Trump. Currently the district includes all of Albany County, but redistricting after the 2020 census could change the boundaries. "It could turn things off the margin and start to push Tonko to the place where he would have to run the kind of race with extensive TV ads and a big operation that we've seen recently from [Rep. Antonio] Delgado or [Tedra] Cobb on the Democratic side to the south and north of him," said Chris Mann, assistant professor of political science at Skidmore College. "It could push him into that territory. ... I don't think he's in any real danger of losing but he's going to have to work harder." In 2020, Joy raised $381,000 for her campaign compared to Tonko's $1.5 million. Joy refused a request from the newspaper for comment, and Matthews could not be reached. Read more about this story in the Times Union.