Eric Sundwall, the chairman of the New York Libertarian Party, has formally announced his intention to run in the special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in CD-20. Sundwall said in the announcement:
We will have 12 days to collect over 3500 signatures to get on the ballot. We accept this challenge because the people of the 20th 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 is a 41 year old Information Technology consultant living in Columbia County, New York . He will be facing Republican candidate Jim Tedisco, and an as-of-yet-unnamed Democratic challenger. The entire race reaks of third parties, though. Tedisco just secured the Conservative Party’s ballot line for the race, which is interesting considering Eric Sundwall’s father served as county chairman of that party. Of the many people being considered for the Democratic nomination, Tim Gordon (whom we previously covered here) is a front runner. He is the only member of the New York legislature who is registered as a member of the Independence Party.