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Unknown to Challenge Reynolds

By Mark Scott

Amherst, NY – Democrats have settled on a political unknown to battle Republican incumbent Thomas Reynolds in the newly-configured 26th congressional district.

Her name is Ayesha Nariman of Amherst, and she's making her first foray into politics.

A financial advisor by profession Nariman said fiscal issues are the primary reason she's running for Congress.

"I'm an extremely analytical person, and what has really concerned me, is the way the federal budget is being handled again," said Nariman.

"And I would very much like to secure social security, which is my major bug-a-boo with the federal government."

But Nariman faces a nearly insurmountable challenge.

Reynolds' district was specifically drawn to protect him. He has hundreds of thousands of dollars in his campaign war chest.

And Nariman has no name recognition. So that's why she said she plans on introducing herself to as many people as possible.

"It's my hope that I can get to people, and talk to enough people and maybe make this a David and Goliath match-up and see if I can squeeze out a victory," said Nariman.

"I know it's going to be tough, I'm not fooling myself."

Nariman said she can't match Reynolds dollar for dollar, but that she'll definitely beat him idea for idea.