Tompkins County Legislator Considering House Run

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Tompkins County Legislator Nathan Shinagawa said he’s interested in a potential run for Congress, depending on how Ithaca and Tompkins County fit into new congressional lines.

Shinagawa, a Democrat, told Gannett’s Albany Bureau that he’s been talking with local leaders about a run to succeed retiring Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley, Ulster County.

“The Ithaca and Tompkins County area, we’re surrounded by freshman Republicans – except for Maurice Hinchey, who is retiring – so no matter what, we’ll need a strong Democratic representative, and I think I might be that guy,” Shinagawa said.

Shinagawa, a California native and hospital administrator, was first elected six years ago at age 22 to the county Legislature.

He is among potential candidates considering a run for Hinchey’s seat, which runs from Ithaca through the Hudson Valley. But as Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported, many candidates have been staying on the sidelines for that seat and others because the state hasn’t released new district lines for its 27 House seats.

Julian Schreibman recently resigned as head of the Ulster County Democratic Committee to run for Hinchey’s seat. Other Democrats mentioned include a few of Hinchey’s current and former aides: Dan Lamb and Dan Ahouse.

Capital Tonight reported that Sean Patrick Maloney, who was embroiled in scandal during his time in the Spitzer administration, may run for whatever becomes of Hinchey’s seat. Republican George Philips is talking about running on the Republican side; he challenged Hinchey in 2008 and 2010.

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