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Democrat McMurray to run for Congress again in NY27

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Democrat Nate McMurray made it official Saturday morning -- he's running for Congress in the 27th district next year.

In a letter to supporters, McMurray said he has decided to challenge incumbent Republican Chris Collins once again or perhaps another Republican candidate. Collins is awaiting trial on insider trading charges. He says he'll announce his own re-election plans by the end of the year.

McMurray narrowly lost to Collins in the heavily Republican district last year. He said he struggled with his decision to run again. McMurray pledged to finish what he and his supporters started in 2018.

"The last time I ran I said that we needed to 'Fight Like Hell.' And we did fight like hell. We always will," McMurray said in his letter. "But this time I will rely more on the good hearts and values I saw in the people of my district. We will empower the kindness and goodness around us. We will, 'Be Kind. Do Good.'"

McMurray said he'll campaign on such issues as healthcare, infrastructure, common sense gun control and for technologies and policies that address climate change.

"I will also fight for a capitalist system that provides opportunities to all and not just hoards wealth for the most connected and elite," McMurray said.