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Retired army officer enters bid for 20th Congressional seat

The process to lower the federal government's level of spending and stabilize the economy, he said, starts at home with local business owners and area youth.

"To decrease taxes we need to find those regulations that are duplicative and onerous on small businesses and remove them. We have to focus clearly on the economy so we can help job growth in Upstate New York and part of that is that we want to inspire our youth attending colleges in the area to stay here. We have a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family," said Gibson.

In order to focus on the economy, Gibson said he's been talking to residents and listening to what business owners have to say. He said he hopes this approach, instead of relying on a trillion dollar stimulus plan, will be something that works.

"I'm learning a lot of interesting things by going to individual business owners and asking them specific questions like 'what is standing in the way of your growth?' and what I'm getting is that certainly lowering taxes will help their bottom line but there's much concern about regulations out there that are duplicative and require the owner to file twice for certain things," said Gibson. "Instead of spending another trillion dollars on a so called job spill that won't work, we should remove these impediments because that's where jobs are. If federal statutes were altered businesses will grow and they'll reinvest their bottom line in capital and in new employees."

Although Gibson is presently headquartered in Kinderhook, Chairman of the Republican Committee of Saratoga County Jasper Nolan said he has no concerns about Gibson's ability to maintain visibility and a presence in the Saratoga region.

"Our [county] is one of the longest districts in the state of New York, from Essex all the way to northern Dutchess, so whoever it is that's selected will be moving around the county all the time and I'm sure they'll have a couple different offices in areas throughout the district," said Nolan, who said fellow Republican hopefuls are spread out, with Dan Stec in Warren County, Patrick Ziegler in the Town of Ballston and David Harper in Saratoga.

More information about Gibson's background and platform can be found on his campaign Web site, www.chrisgibsonforcongress.com.

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