The chair of the Steuben County Republican Committee is running for Congress.
Joe Sempolinski declared his candidacy for Congress’ 23rd District on Thursday.
“The Southern Tier and Finger Lakes are my home,” Sempolinski said in a Facebook post. “I was born here. I was raised here. I am raising my family here. I have the experience to serve this region and make sure our voice is heard in Congress. This part of the country is the most beautiful place on Earth, with people who just want a fair opportunity to succeed. I ask for the chance to be your representative. I will never quit on you.”
The Elmira-native has worked for Rep. Tom Reed, who said he would not seek re-election.
He also served as Director of Development at Archbishop Walsh Academy in Olean.
“There is no one who knows this region like I do,” Sempolinski said. “I have spent years working with people throughout this district on the federal issues that impact their lives and livelihoods, as a staff member and as a private citizen. I can hit the ground running in Washington as no other candidate can.”
However, it’s unclear if there will even be a seat for Sempolinski to occupy once redistricting occurs.
Due to 2020 Census data, New York is losing one seat in Congress. “The incompetence of the Cuomo administration means New York is losing a seat in Congress. The rural areas of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes have always had a member of the House to represent them,” Sempolinski added. “I will not sit back and wait to see if the Albany machine takes our voice away. The fight must begin now.”