Two Republicans start runs for Maloney’s seat (updated)

A former Orange County legislator and a former Poughkeepsie school board president each have registered as Republican candidates for the congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for the 2016 election.

Tuxedo resident and former county lawmaker Dan Castricone filed his statements of candidacy and organization on Tuesday. Castricone, who served a single Legislature term from 2010 to 2014, ran unsuccessfully for state Assembly last year but was supported by the United Monroe citizens group and won nearly 9,100 votes on its third-ballot ballot line alone. Karl Brabenec, the Republican who beat Castricone in a GOP primary for that seat, won a three-way race against Castricone and Democrat Elisa Tutini in the general election.

Sakima Brown, who led the Poughkeepsie school board form 2010 to 2013 and lost a race for a different Assembly seat — Frank Skartados’ — last year, registered as a candidate for New York’s 18th Congressional District on Sept. 23 and already filed her first campaign finance report, showing $1,079.52 in her coffers.

Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat, is serving his second term in Congress after unseating former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth in 2012 and defeating her again in a 2014 rematch. His campaign reported Thursday that it had raised $428,000 in the third quarter of 2015 and had $1.2 million on hand as of Sept. 30.

Hayworth recently ruled out a third race against Maloney in 2016.

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