NORWICH - The Chenango County Board of Election anticipates a quiet election Tuesday for the June 26 federal primary.
Of 17 statewide elections, the only local action is in the 22nd District, where U.S. Congressman Richard L. Hanna, of Barneveld, and Michael J. Kicinski, Sr., of Earlville, vie for the GOP nomination. The 22nd encompasses Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga counties.
The Chenango County Republican Committee unanimously endorsed Congressman Hanna in April. Hanna is also backed by the Independence Party of New York State, which previously endorsed him in his 2008 and 2010 bids in the 24th District, before redistricting.
Hanna successfully operated the construction company Hanna Construction for nearly 30 years, growing to employ more than 450 people at one time. Increasingly frustrated with the high taxes his business was paying, he decided to run for office. Rep. Hanna received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his voting record in the House. In his two years in office, the Congressman has compiled a moderate voting record for a Republican. Progressive Punch ranks him the 205th most progressive representative based on critical votes, which places him to the left of all but 14 Republicans. He serves on three House committees: Education and the Workforce, Small Business, and Transportation and Infrastructure.