Republican George Phillips is making another run for New York’s 22nd Congressional District seat.
Phillips says he is running because he believes that there is a need for bold national reforms to lift up the people of Upstate New York who have suffered due to poor policies from Albany.
He has invited President Trump’s economic advisor Steve Moore to an event.
Phillips is currently a history teacher at Seton Catholic Central and works for the Jack Kemp Foundation.
He’s also taught at SUNY Broome, was a Broome County legislator and was a regional coordinator for Reclaim New York.
Phillips previously ran for Congress in 2008 and 2010 when he lost to Maurice Hinchey.
In 2016, he finished 3rd in the Republican primary won by Claudia Tenney, however, he got the most votes in Broome County.
Phillips says, “We’ve always done really well in the Binghamton area here. We’re starting early because we have to reach out to the other 8 counties here. We’ve got to be in Utica and Rome, Cortland, Norwich. Our network has grown through previous runs and also through work with Reclaim New York. So, we’re ready for this. My hero in history is Lincoln, he had 7 losses before he made it to the presidency.”
Phillips did not specify when the Moore event will take place.
He is the first Republican to formally announce his intent to run against freshman Democratic Congressman Anthony Brindisi next year.