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Schenectady County's Burhmaster will seek Congressional seat

"The taxing system is wrong and it's out of control," said Buhrmaster. "While it might not change overnight, someone has to start trying to decrease spending."

But Buhrmaster also said that a successful Congressional candidate would listen to the public.

"I'll be meeting with the public, finding out their concerns," he said, of his potential campaign. "That's the first step."

Earlier this month, retired Saratoga County Treasurer Chris Callaghan, confirmed reports that he will not seek the Republican nomination in the 21st Congressional District.

Callaghan said he'd recently met with Buhrmaster.

"He seems like a solid candidate, and he'll make an excellent Congressmen," said Callaghan.

Callaghan, who lives in Waterford, said he will now focus his attention on organizing John McCain's Capital District campaign. McCain endorsed Callaghan when he ran for state comptroller in 2006, a bid he lost to Democrat Alan Hevesi.

Though Callaghan said he has no immediate intentions to run for another office, he said he will always stay involved in politics.

"I will continue to make fun of the pompous whenever I have the opportunity, continue to fight for conservative principles whenever I have breath and continue to call fraud hot lines whenever necessary," said Callaghan in a statement.

Republican Warren Redlich, who was elected to the Guilderland Town Board in 2007, his first public office, had announced in December that he would seek a Congressional nomination, but in a February interview with The Spotlight,

Redlich said he would withdraw his candidacy in light of his new position as town councilman and in order to spend more time with his family. Redlich unsuccessfully ran against McNulty in 2004 and 2006.

Like Redlich, Buhrmaster will face an uphill battle in a district that is overwhelmingly Democratic.

For more on Burhmaster's announcement, pick up an upcoming print edition of the Spotlight Newspaper.

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