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Rep. Katko will face challenge by Lyons resident

Congressman John Katko will have a challenger as he seeks a fourth term.

John Murtari, a Lyons resident, has filed paperwork to challenge Rep. Katko. He’s not a political newcomer- having previously ran for office in 1994, before calling it quits for personal reasons.

During that run Murtari was a registered Democrat. He’s also an Air Force veteran.

One looming question for the 23rd and 24th districts has to do with redistricting. Will both exist after that takes place later this year? If not, then any candidate – including Katko could face a runoff against another Republican in another district.