Two familiar Republican faces could battle it out next year for the right to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, a Democrat from Southampton, in November 2014.
State Senator Lee Zeldin of Shirley announced Monday morning that he intends to challenge Mr. Bishop, who has represented New York’s 1st Congressional District for the past decade, next fall.
Mr. Zeldin’s announcement came days after George Demos, a two-time Republican candidate from Brookhaven Town who most recently came up short when battling Randy Altschuler for a chance to unseat Mr. Bishop last year, filed the necessary papers with the Federal Election Commission to seek the GOP’s nomination next year.
On Monday, Mr. Zeldin, 33, who ran strong against Mr. Bishop in 2008, said he intends to make another run because he is concerned with the future of the federal government, especially in light of the current government shutdown.
“I’ve been watching what’s going on in Washington, and there are people out there blaming Republicans or Democrats—I think quite critical of all of them,” Mr. Zeldin said. “Both parties need to work together despite their differences to try to move our nation forward.”
On Friday, Mr. Zeldin’s campaign uploaded a two-and-a-half-minute video to YouTube announcing his decision to run.
After falling to Mr. Bishop in the 2008 election, a race in which he collected 48 percent of ballots cast, Mr. Zeldin rebounded to win a seat in the State Senate in 2010.
Last month, Suffolk County Republican Party Chairman John Jay LaValle announced that the GOP would be supporting Mr. Zeldin in next year’s race.
On Monday, Mr. Demos, 36, said he will formally announce his candidacy before the end of the year and, according to his Federal Election Commission filing, he now has $1 million in cash on hand from a personal loan. He said he is gearing up for another run and intends to upset Mr. Bishop.