Republican primary will face-off Kicinski and incumbent Hanna

Let the campaigning begin for the Republican nomination for Congress in the new 22nd District.

On the June 26 ballot will be incumbent Richard L. Hanna of Barneveld, who was first elected to Congress two years ago, and Michael Kicinski of Earlville.

Preliminary objections to the candidate petition filed on behalf of Kicinski with the state Board of Elections have expired because no specifics detailing why the petition should be set aside were submitted by the April 25 deadline. As a result, the Kicinski petition remains valid, according to John Conklin, state elections spokesman.

Kicinski is part of the Norwich Tea Party Patriots. Spending and taxation by the federal government are major issues of the tea party movement.

Hanna also faces a challenge for the Conservative line on he ballot. Vying for this slot are Hanna and M. Julie Miller of Utica. Her petitions have been challeged and there’s been no ruling from the state Board of Elections.

The Democrat in the race is Dan Lamb of Freeville. The Tompkins County community is near but not within the boundaries of the congressional district.

The 22nd includes all of Oneida, Madison, Chenango and Cortland counties, and part of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga counties. With the cities of Utica and Rome, Oneida County has the most population of any county in the district.