Congressman Chris Gibson filed paperwork Monday to form a statewide candidate committee as he considers running for governor in 2018.
Gibson made the announcement following a year of travel around New York state where visited 41 of New York’s 62 counties. He says meeting with New Yorkers from all walks of life inspired his decision to explore a run for governor.
“My travels have made clear that people across this state – from every political perspective – are looking for a new leader in Albany,” said the three-term Republican congressman. “My family and I deeply appreciate the encouragement and support of so many. I will make the final decision on running for governor after my congressional term ends. But today we’re taking the first step in formalizing this possibility. Our exploratory committee will allow us to raise the money we need to compete and win.” Gibson’s current term ends on December 31, 2016. He said he will not run for a fourth term.
“My first priority, as it’s been since the day I was first sworn into office in January 2011, is serving my constituents,” Gibson said. “When I began this term, I pledged to them I would finish strong as their representative, and I continue to deliver on that promise. We will continue to advance constituent-driven legislation throughout 2016.”
Gibson, a lifelong resident of Kinderhook, Columbia County, served 24 years in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of colonel. He holds two master’s degrees and he also earned a PhD. in government from Cornell University.
Gibson says his priorities are growing the economy through “meaningful” tax cuts and policy changes; returning power to parents, students and teachers; and cleaning up corruption in state government.”
“For too long, Governor Cuomo has led with fear, intimidation and bullying,” Gibson said of the current administration. “New York has been embarrassed by corruption and lags behind in too many important categories. We can do better. We’re the Empire State for a reason. And with the right leadership, we can live up to our nickname once again.”