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Busy weekend ahead for 22nd Congressional District candidates
DECISION 2012 (WKTV) - It's only been a year and seven months since Richard Hanna defeated then-incumbent democrat Michael Arcuri in the 24th Congressional District race.
Now, Hanna begins his fight to return to Congress, this time in the newly shaped 22nd district and this time in a June Republican primary.
Earlier this year, a federal judge ordered New York State to move its primary elections for Congressional races to June from September, because he said a September primary does not allow sufficient time to get absentee ballots to military voters for the general election.
Friday morning, Hanna told NEWSChannel 2, the time change for the primary makes things more difficult with his schedule, but says he is definitely not taking this primary lightly.
"I think if you treat it lightly, you probably will lose," Congressman Hanna said. "So it's important to tell people who you are, how you've worked, what you stand for, and let them make a choice."
Hanna's opponent in Tuesday's primary is Republican Michael Kicinski of Earlville, a founding member of the Norwich TEA Party Patriots, who has said, "our network grew fast and is active. The media says the TEA Party' is dead, though reported facts show otherwise."
Both Kicinski and Hanna say they will be busy over the next four days, visiting as many parts of the new 22nd district as they can, and both believe they are the right candidate to represent this district's voters.
Hanna says that although his wife and kids would rather he not run again, he believes has unfinished business in Washington.
"I've gotten more bills passed in the House in the past year than any other freshman member and I've got a lot more going on," Hanna said. "I'd like to finish what I've started. I've learned a lot about the place."
Kicinski says he stands for a constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, and a balanced budget. He says he will be a citizen representative, not a politician.