For Immediate Release Tuesday, February 10, 2009
NY LP chair seeks Gillibrand seat
(NYLP press release) ALBANY, NY — Libertarian Party of New York chairman and small businessman, Eric Sundwall announced on February 10, 2009, that he will seek the 20th Congressional District seat vacated by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and do the near impossible, run as an independent for a special election.
Sundwall stated ; ” We will have 12 days to collect over 3500 signatures to get on the ballot. We accept this challenge because the people of the 20 th District are tired of the machine politics of a smoke filled room. Jim Tedisco is a career tax and spend politician and Scott Murphy is a self-funded candidate reminiscent of Sandy Treadwell. This special election gives us much better odds than an ordinary general election.”
Sundwall , a 41 year old Information Technology consultant, is from the Town of Kinderhook in Columbia County, home of the 8 th President of the United States, Martin Van Buren. He lives in the hamlet of Niverville with his wife Kathryn, a pharmacist at St. Peter’s and their two children. His father John served on the Kinderhook Town Board and was county chairman of the Conservative Party. Eric also produces and hosts Capital Outsider , a cable access public policy program that is seen throughout the state.
Sundwall continues; ” This past summer I led the ballot access charge for the Libertarian Presidential ticket in New York. We will be working with Christina Tobin of Free and Equal in order to achieve ballot access in this condensed time period. People are ready for a change from politics as usual and nobody represents politics as usual better than Jim Tedisco. I’ve run a business in the district and I’m raising my family here. Mr. Tedisco spends his holidays here.”
Sundwall attempted a run in 2006 and took the NYS Board of Elections to Federal Court in an attempt to find the state election law unconstitutional. He plans to utilize the four point model introduced by Ron Paul and used by other third party candidates for President. Foreign policy, privacy rights, the national debt and the Federal Reserve were the key points of that plan. The campaign hopes to attract a coalition of independents and main party voters unhappy with the current financial bailouts.
A campaign committee called “Elect Eric Sundwall” was filed last week with the Federal Election Commission. Information about the campaign can be found at http://sundwall4congress.org . The campaign expects to introduce staff and open a campaign headquarters soon – Phone (518) 595-4098.
Sundwall finishes , ” This is going to be a good old fashioned campaign. People will finally have a real choice.”
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