Two people have their eyes on Republican Richard Hanna’s 22nd Congressional District seat. Both an Earlville resident and a Binghamton resident believe they have what it takes to become the area’s next congressman. As our Elyse Mickalonis explains, both have similar platforms and feel congress is out of touch with constituents.
UPSTATE NEW YORK -- With almost a year to go before the 2014 Congressional election, a primary is forming and the race has begun to take over Republican Richard Hanna’s 22nd Congressional District seat.
"We see our representatives not listening to the people. We want our representatives to pay attention to the voices of the people,” said Michael Kicinski, 22nd Congressional District candidate.
Michael Vasquez, 22nd Congressional District candidate, added, "People aren't satisfied. Congress is not doing its job and they're not paying attention to what the people want. They're not connected anymore."
Two candidates are throwing their names into the ring for the primary. Earlville resident and Republican Michael Kicinski announced his 2014 candidacy earlier this year.
Kicinski is no stranger to the race. He ran for Congress in 2012. The stay-at-home dad of 12 was an electronics engineer for nearly 30 years and is part of the Norwich TEA Party Patriots. Kicinski platform’s focuses on immigration, jobs and the Second Amendment and the Affordable Health Care Act.
"We know it was designed for failure from the beginning, as our representatives voted for something they didn’t know about, they didn’t read. We are calling for a defunding of Obamacare and a full repeal,” said Kicinski.
A Binghamton resident is also hoping to win the seat. Republican and Conservative Michael Vasquez owns MV Consulting. His platform is similar to Kicinski's, but he is also focused on fiscal responsibility.
"I’ve been a political commentator. I’ve spoke to just about every single candidate and incumbent in the 22nd Congressional District that’s run since 2008 and I’m familiar with the laws, I’ve read them, I’ve written about them,” said Vasquez.
Both candidates feel Congressman Hanna has flip-flopped on many issues. They say, if elected, they will not do so.
YNN reached out to Hanna’s office on the race and we were told he has no comment.