Jim Fischer

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Two candidates vying to represent the Capital Region in Washington squared off in a live televised debate Thursday evening.

In a debate hosted by WHMT-TV and the Times Union, incumbent Democrat Paul Tonko and political newcomer, Republican Jim Fischer, answered questions from a panel of journalists and viewers at home via the internet.

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With election season now in full swing, Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko of New York’s 20th district has been touring the Capital Region. Meanwhile, Republican challenger Jim Fischer is ramping up his own campaign. 

    In today’s Congressional Corner, Jim Fischer — a Republican candidate for New York’s 20th district seat — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

    Congress slows in the summer, but campaign season is ramping up.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Jim Fischer — a Republican candidate for New York’s 20th district seat — introduces himself to WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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A Republican seeking to replace Capital District Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko has officially announced the launch of his campaign. 

At a campaign kickoff event held Tuesday afternoon, Republican Jim Fischer of Burnt Hills announced he has received the endorsement of all the Republican committees within the 20th district.

Fischer told WAMC recently he believes the 20th district, which includes Albany, Schenectady, and portions of Saratoga, Rensselaer, and Montgomery County, is home to an electorate that is more conservative than its current representative.