Conservative Republican Doug Hoffman says he plans to run again for upstate New York's 23rd Congressional District seat.
The Lake Placid businessman, who narrowly lost a Special Election to Democrat Bill Owens last year, e-mailed a letter Monday to his supporters declaring his intention to formally enter the race.
In his letter, Hoffman said he'll "champion the fight for less spending, lower taxes and shrinking the deficit.'' He also promised to unite Conservatives, Republicans and Independents.
The special election was called to fill the seat after John McHugh left to become Secretary of the Army. The rural upstate region had been represented by Republicans for more than a century.