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21st Congressional District primary election guide

I'm the only candidate in this race who has the experience and represents real change."

Priorities: Health care; economy; energy; war on terrorism; campaign finance reform

Congress: C

President: Barack Obama

Religion: Catholic

Campaign workers: 1,000 registered volunteers, seven paid staff

Need experience to run: No

Salary: $60,000

Campaign Web site: www.traceybrooks.com.

James Buhrmaster, R, C-Scotia

"Congress is broken. Regardless of which party is in the majority, Congress has a record of producing bitter partisan gridlock instead of results, and all of us are worse off because of it," Buhrmaster said. "We all pay taxes and expect results from our government. Right now, we're doing more than our part by paying the taxes, but Congress has been pretty weak on the results side on a number of very significant issues."

Buhrmaster, 62, head of Buhrmaster Energy Group and a Schenectady County legislator, said that ever since he announced his candidacy in mid-March, he's been juggling a busy evening schedule. He was unable to appear at one of the congressional debates because of his demanding schedule as a county legislator.

Buhrmaster, who has a history of breaking party ranks with his fellow Republican legislators, has said he will vote in the interest of his constituents, regardless of party affiliation.

On McNulty, Buhrmaster said, "Mike McNulty deserves a lot of credit for his service to the community. I thank him for his work on behalf of the Capital District and for his friendship over the years."

He did not respond to one thing he has disagreed with McNulty on.

Buhrmaster primarily views himself as a businessman who wants to put an end to a "dysfunctional" federal government. In addition to the Republican ticket, Buhrmaster will also be on the Conservative line in the election.

"I am not a career politician or an aide to career politicians; I am a businessman with a long history of involvement in the community. I know how hard it is to make it in upstate New York, and I know that more taxes will only make that challenge more difficult. That's why I signed a pledge to not raise income taxes," Buhrmaster said. "On the other side of the aisle, there are a number of candidates who are instead pushing agendas that will raise taxes. During times like this, we need to make it easier for small businesses and working families to make ends meet, not more difficult."

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