Rep. Hanna will face no Democratic challenger this fall

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April 17, 2014

Local Democrats failed to meet a filing deadline to run a candidate in this year’s 22nd Congressional District race. Republican incumbent Richard Hanna will only have to get past two Republican challengers in this June’s primary.

Jim Testani is the chairman for the Broome County Democrats. He says the fact there isn’t a Democratic challenger isn’t from a lack of effort. Testani says he met with several potential candidates but says the rising cost of campaigning scared them all away.

“It’s really a very difficult thing when you bring somebody into a room and you’re telling them by the time you’re done with this it’s going to cost you a couple million dollars that you either have to raise or spend,” says Testani.

Testani says until campaign spending is slowed down, we’ll be seeing a lot more unopposed races.

The party will focus on keeping Assemblywoman Donna Lurpado in office and challenging Broome County Sheriff David Harder. 

But the lack of a Democrat doesn’t mean Hanna is home free. He’s facing challenges from his right.

State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney from New Hartford and Tea Party activist Michael Kicinski from Earlville are both hoping to unseat Hanna in the primary in June.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has thrown its support behind Hanna.