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Third candidate throws hat in the ring for 22nd Congressional District

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Binghamton auto insurance agent and consulting media company owner says he wants to give voters in New York's 22nd Congressional District "someone to connect with."

So Michael Vasquez is running for Congress. Vasquez visited Utica today to announce his intention to take that seat from incumbent Richard Hanna.

The challenger, and newcomer to campaigning, says Congress' historically low approval ratings demonstrate the discontent of Americans. So, he wants to give them another voice.

"I am a Republican option that has conservative values that I believe are shared throughout the 22nd district, and that's what I'm going after," Vasquez said.

It's shaping up to be a crowded Republican primary in June. Hanna faces challenger Michael Kicinski from Earlville for the second time. He lost in the Republican primary in 2012. And now Vasquez.

No Democrat has announced his intentions to run yet.

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