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Assemblyman Cliff Crouch holds official campaign launch

AFTON, N.Y. - Eleven term Assemblyman Cliff Crouch turned out a show of force Thursday as he looks to discourage a possible Republican primary challenge.

Crouch held what he deemed his official re-election campaign launch rally at Horton Hardware in Afton.

The Republican from Bainbridge had already announced his intention to run for a twelfth term last month.

Thursday, he had numerous GOP elected leaders and party officials join him.

Crouch says he understands that Nick Libous, the son of the late State Senator Tom Libous, is considering a primary challenge this Fall.

Crouch wants to make certain everyone knows he's still running.

"It's to send a message to all the people that I've got a lot of support, which I certainly appreciate. I'm blessed with it. I'm very proud of the people who come up to me, even at the grocery store, to thank me for what I'm able to do. That I'm doing a good job. That bolsters me on for the next day," said Crouch.

Crouch's district covers 13 of the 16 towns in Broome County along with the southern portions of Chenango and Delaware Counties and a few towns in Otsego.

His candidacy has been endorsed by 53 municipal and local elected officials, all four Republican county chairs in his district as well as State Senators Fred Akshar and Jim Seward.

NewsChannel 34 reached out to Nick Libous Thursday regarding whether he plans to run.

Libous says he will make an announcement next week.

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