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Congressional race in the 25th promises to be a challenge, again

Democrats Dan Maffei, left, and Brianne Murphy, right, have both announced they will seek to challenge Republican Ann Marie Buerkle for the congressional seat.

Democrats Dan Maffei, left, and Brianne Murphy, right, have both announced they will seek to challenge Republican Ann Marie Buerkle for the congressional seat.

— “This is her first term. She is clearly more conservative than the typical Republican in this region and Congress’s approval rating is in the basement,” Reeher said. “So it doesn’t surprise me that there would be more than one Democrat wanting to challenge her.”

Maffei is looking to rematch Buerkle. Their 2010 match left voters waiting for three weeks to find out the results until Maffei conceded. A difference of less than 1 percent separated the two.

“I need to hold Buerkle accountable for the kind of votes she has made,” Maffei said. “Buerkle took her 648-vote win as some sort of a mandate to become a social crusader for these issues that aren’t a priority for Central New Yorkers, and I cannot let that stand.”

Murphy, an Irish immigrant, is looking to take the seat in order to accurately represent Central New York, something she believes Buerkle has not done.

“My goal is to be a vocal advocate, a fighter for Central New York,” she said. “We need someone in Washington who is going to emulate our values, represent what we want, what we need and isn’t concerned about party politics.”

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