(WBNG) -- Nick Libous, the son of late State Senator Tom Libous, announced his candidacy for the state Assembly’s 122nd district seat on Tuesday.
The 122nd Assembly District of New York State includes Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties.
In a news release, Libous, a Republican, said he's pledging to focus on affordability and high taxes, job creation and reforming the way Albany does business.
“Let’s face it - New York is unaffordable for far too many people, especially working and middle-class families who live and work in the Southern Tier. We need to cut taxes to help families and to create new jobs, and we need to bring new ideas and a whole new energy to Albany. I am ready to go the state Capitol and fight for hardworking taxpayers and their families,” Libous said in the news release.
Last week, incumbent Republican Assemblyman Clifford Crouch announced his re-election campaign.
Crouch was first elected to the seat in 1995.
The Republican primary elections for the seats in the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly will be held on September 13.
Libous said he didn't make a big announcement like Crouch did because he wants to keep his campaign at a grassroots level.
"Making a big show of it isn't what's important," said Libous. "What's important is going door to door, meeting the voters, and telling them what my ideas are."
During his announcement back in early May, Crouch spoke to 12 News about the possibility of an opponent. He said he is going to continue concentrating on his own campaign.
"I've been blessed a number of years without an opponent, but anyone I did have I don't take for granted," said Crouch. "If it's a race, it's a race."
Assemblyman Crouch's campaign sent the following statement in response to Libous' announcement:
“Serving the people of our region in the State Assembly has been the one of the greatest privileges of my life. But there’s much more work to be done,” said Assemblyman Crouch. “I’m asking the voters to keep me working for them so I can continue advocating for common-sense solutions to create jobs, keep a lid on taxes, and ensure our Constitutional Rights are protected. I’m proud to have the support of Senator Akshar, Senator Seward, all Four Republican County Chairs, and more than 50 local elected officials across Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties.”