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The Telegram
  • Hanna announces re-election bid

  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna made it official Wednesday that he will run for a second term in Congress.

    “I have been a good reflection of the district and I have not changed who I am,” he said.

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  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna made it official Wednesday that he will run for a second term in Congress.
    “I have been a good reflection of the district and I have not changed who I am,” he said.
    Hanna, R - Barneveld, will run against Democrat Dan Lamb, of Dryden.
    Hanna was elected in 2010, and replaced two-term incumbent Democrat Michael Arcuri, of Utica.
    Hanna said the issue that unifies the urban and rural parts of the district is the need for more good-paying jobs. “I think we have opportunities to change and I am looking for them,” he said.
    Boosting science and technology education as the local nanotechnology initiatives begin to grow is an important part of that, he said. He also pointed to the need to be vigilant as possible federal cuts threaten the remaining military installations at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome. Constituent services have been a priority in his office, Hanna said, pointing to 90,000 letters from district residents he said his staffers have responded to during his two-year term.
    Hanna made the announcement, which was widely expected, in front of a small group of supporters and media at his new Utica campaign headquarters on Court Street. He said he expects it to be manned with three or four paid staffers and “as many volunteers as we can grab.”
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