Schenectady County's Burhmaster will seek Congressional seat

Schenectady County Legislator and business owner, Jim Burhrmaster will announce his candidacy as a Republican candidate in the 21st Congressional District at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19 at the Burhmaster Energy Group headquarters in Scotia, according to a press release.

Jim took time to speak with his family and friends and the community and he's very encouraged, said Josh Hills a spokesperson for Buhrmaster's campaign.

Buhrmaster, 62, announced his interest in the seat currently held by Mike McNulty, D-Green Island nearly two weeks ago.

He is currently the only Republican who has declared candidacy.

Schenectady County Republican Chairman Tom Buchanan noted that Buhrmaster would be the first Congressman to hail from Schenectady since Democrat Sam Stratton left office in 1990.

"Not often do you have a candidate of John's caliber," said Buchanan. "He's a successful businessman and has a great opportunity here."

Burhmaster was elected to a second term as county legislator last year in District 3, which represents residents of Niskayuna, Glenville and Scotia. Burhmaster is a lifelong resident of the Scotia-Glenville area, where he lives with his family.

On the Legislature, Burhmaster is the only Republican who chairs a committee. He chairs the Transportation Committee. He is also a member of the Scotia-Glenville Republican Committee and serves as treasurer of the Schenectady County Industrial Development Agency.

Though registered as a Republican, Buhrmaster said that in his county races he has gained the endorsements of the Conservative and Independent parties.

"I've always done what I think is right," said Buhrmaster.

Last week, Buhrmaster said he would stand up for the interests of small businesses in his campaign.

"Government regulation is stifling small businesses," said Buhrmaster, "and small businesses are still a major part of the engine that keeps the economy running."

In his five years on the County Legislature, Buhrmaster said he has also fought for his taxpaying constituents.

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