Retired army officer enters bid for 20th Congressional seat

Chris Gibson simultaneously retired from a 24-year career in the U.S. Army and formally announced he was running on the Republican ticket for Congress in the 20th Congressional District in 2010. At an announcement ceremony before family and friends on Friday, March 5, at his home in Kinderhook in Columbia County, Gibson said he was happy to be home and was eager to begin the next chapter in his life.

This chapterwhich would require him to score the endorsement from the Republican Committee of Saratoga County by March 31could eventually land him in Washington DC if he succeeds in unseating current Congressman Scott Murphy, a democrat.

To do this, he said he will combine his experience on the battlefield with his knowledge of American politics to win over Republicans, Independents and Democrats "looking for a better way."

"I've been tested under fire and come through every time. I've got first-hand executive experience, having commanded at the Platoon, Company and Brigade level in the army, I have infantry background, taught American politics at West Point and served on Capitol Hill as a congressional fellow for a year-and-a-half," said Gibson in an interview with the Spotlight. "I have a proven leadership record and the knowledge and experience in the political system to bring positive change."

Gibson, who was deployed seven times and took four combat tours of Iraq, said he will draw on his experiences in Kosovo, Iraq and most recently Haiti and use the appreciation he's gained for base line economic activity and governmental structures to help the country move forward. This passion he's cultivated for his country and politics is the reason he decided to run for Congress.

"I'm passionate about my country, having defended it for 24 years and I look out and am concerned about the direction of our country. I want to be personally involved in helping to restore fiscal responsibility," said Gibson.

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