A Goshen resident who waged an independent run for New York’s 18th Congressional District in 2014 is soliciting donations to run again for the seat held by Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
Scott Smith has refreshed his campaign website and issued a statement saying he feels the same frustration with the political system that motivated him to run last year but could use financial support to launch a second campaign. Smith, who voiced dismay in 2014 at his exclusion from debates and forums that featured Maloney and Republican challenger Nan Hayworth, wound up winning 4,294 votes, or more than 2 percent. Maloney defeated Hayworth by around 48 percent to 46 percent.
In an email message, Smith said he spent about $14,000 on his first race, about half of it on legal fees to overcome an effort to invalidate his petition. Asked how much he hoped to raise to start a second campaign, Scott responded: “In all honesty, and sincerely, I would ask you in your journalistic experience what amount would be required to warrant actual inclusion in the race by the media at large?”