Delhi, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An Army Veteran determined to continue helping his country, fighting to represent the newly redrawn 19th Congressional District.
Retired Colonel Chris Gibson says after returning from overseas, he's still fighting in Congress.
"You know I believe that I had the right set of skills, background, and experiences and attributes that could really help our country come together," said Gibson. "I'm still focused on serving, serving others."
The Republican incumbent now running for the newly formed 19th Congressional District doesn't see serving the new counties and residents as a challenge.
"Actually a lot of the requirements, the needs, the kind of representation is very similar to the kind of district I'm kind of serving now. Agriculture will remain the main driver of our economy in the new 19th," said Gibson.
Born and raised in Kinderhook in Columbia County, Gibson sees firsthand what drives Central New York.
"A focus on job creation...helping small businesses and farmers move forward. This is the focus of the campaign, and I will tell you that there's a clear choice," said Gibson.
After debates with opponent Julian Schriebman budget issues raised questions, such as which budget plan will best bring the 19th District economic stability.
"I voted for the bipartisan budget that's the Cooper LaTourette budget and that budget is both pro-growth and fiscally responsible," said Gibson. "I think it's really important because not only is it the best budget for Upstate NY and the country, but it's the only budget that democrats and republicans will vote for together."
Gibson says he carries with him the lessons learned serving 24 years in the Army,
And wants to do so for another two more years.
"But we still have other areas that are going to need our help and we're going to be there for them all the way through," said Gibson.
The newly drawn 19th Congressional District represents Otsego County, Delaware County, and parts of Broome County.