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Hanna announces congressional run; emphasizes "loss of prosperity and opportunity" in upstate
UTICA - Using a backdrop of abandoned businesses, closed factories and dilapidated neighborhoods, Richard Hanna (R) announced his intentions to enter the race for New York's 24th Congressional District seat.
"I have chosen these places in Utica, in Binghamton, and in Auburn to announce my candidacy because areas like these represent the challenges we face today as well as our government's failure in both parties to help us secure the future," said Hanna.
"These locations symbolize the loss of prosperity and opportunity in Upstate New York and are a clear example of the cause and effect between high taxes, excess regulation, and economic decay."
As an outsider, Hanna vowed to be an agent of change in Washington by building on his private sector management, administrative and job creation experience to help find long-term economic solutions for Upstate New York and for the country.
He said his campaign is connected by one basic belief, "that we are privileged as well as obligated to pass down to our children a robust world as secure and full of opportunity as the one our parents passed down to us."
In order to do so, Hanna noted, "We need to begin with a non-partisan shared vision, one that accepts compromise and places the obligation to govern above dogma and demagoguery."
After putting himself through college, Richard started Hanna Construction from scratch. Over the next 25 years, he grew the company from one where he was working alone on small residential projects, to one where he manages dozens of employees and has successfully completed numerous multi-million dollar commercial and municipal projects in upstate New York.
In addition to his private sector business experience, Richard has also donated his time, leadership and personal resources to numerous civic, charitable, religious and philanthropic causes in the community.
A complete copy of Richard Hanna's biography accompanies this release.
Hanna concluded: "Our children and the future will not judge us by what we say, but by what we do. They won't care if our politics are to the right or left, but they will know if we moved our country forward or backward. Let's not be the last generation to love where we live. Let's own our future again."