NYPD officer plans run for NY18 seat

A 34-year-old New York City police officer from Putnam County has declared himself a Republican candidate for New York’s 18th Congressional District seat, hoping to take on three-term Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in this year’s election.

Jarred Buchanan, who registered as a candidate in November, said Friday that he has volunteered with Republican campaigns in the past but has never run for office himself. He has just started introducing himself to Republican committees in the four-county district and hopes to begin raising money soon. He said his main interests are lowering taxes, protecting gun rights and improving infrastructure.

“I’m excited to do this, I’m energized,” he said.

Buchanan is a Westchester County native who attended Manhattan College, has worked for the New York City police for 10 years and is engaged to be married in October. He lives in Putnam Valley.

Maloney, who lives in Cold Spring, has represented the 18th District since 2013 and won his last race by 11 percentage points. No other Republicans have stepped forward to challenge him this year. The district takes in all of Orange and Putnam counties and parts of Dutchess and Westchester.

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