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Tonko closes 2019 with fundraising lead

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, ended the year with a comfortable fundraising lead over multiple challengers who are seeking his seat in 2020.

Tonko raised $179,920 in the fourth quarter of 2019, his campaign said. The six-term incumbent started this year with $771,510 in campaign cash on hand to fund his re-election effort.

“We’re ready to go out there and share what we’ve done, what we are in the midst of doing and what we hope to do as we go down the road,” Tonko said. “Then, let the people give us our report card.”

Tonko’s leading opponent, Republican Liz Joy, a Schenectady resident and real estate agent, said Sunday she raised $57,765 in the fourth quarter. Her total fundraising to date is $115,730.

“We’ve (more than) doubled our contributions from the last quarter and received overwhelming support and endorsements from all over the 20th Congressional District,” said Joy, a Christian blogger and president of the Republican Women of Schenectady County. Joy declared her candidacy in April 2019.

A newcomer to the race, Republican Michael Seney said his campaign raised $40,202 in the fourth quarter. Seney, an Averill Park resident, is a Rensselaer Country sheriff’s deputy and a captain in the Air National …read more

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