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Hanna seeks re-election, says there's more to be done in Congress
Rep. Richard Hanna says he's seeking a third term in Congress because there's more work to be done.
The Republican announced his re-election intentions late last week. He was first elected to serve what's now New York's 22nd Congressional District in 2010. Hanna is from Barneveld, just north of Utica, and represents that city as well as Binghamton and areas in between.
He says there's a lot of opportunities in Congress right now.
"I'm running because I think we're at a point where we're starting to really get things done," Hanna said. "I'm hoping that in the next couple of years that we have a budget now, and I'm on a whole host of committees where I can have a real influence. So, I'm going to stick with it a little longer. Two years at a time."
Hanna has said he believes in term limits for members of Congress, and says 10 to 12 years is a good length of time. He also says that since he's more moderate, he's not surprised he receives primary challenges from the political right.