His name is James Murray Staudenraus.
And according to the Federal Election Commission’s database, he is now the 22nd candidate for the U.S. Senate from New York.
Staudenraus, who lives on the secluded island between the North and South Forks of Long Island aptly named Shelter Island, filed a statement of candidacy last week. A native of Wisconsin, Staudenraus graduated from high school on Long Island and has a degree in citizenship and public affairs from Syracuse University. He’s a self-described small business owner who has a special interest in national security. He ran unsuccessfully for state Assembly in 2008.
He’s vying for the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer in November. His campaign motto? “It’s time to chuck Schumer.”
New York’s other senator, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, also is up for election. Gillibrand is running for the remaining two years of former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s six-year term.
Republicans and Democrats plan to hold their state conventions in the next three weeks to nominate their preferred candidates. That will likely shrink the field of candidates, but the losers have the option of running in a September primary.