(USNewsMag.com) – Republican Kellen Curry, 37, an Afghanistan war veteran, announced his candidacy April 3 for the 3rd Congressional District in New York, which represents most of Nassau County on Long Island and northeastern Queens.
In announcing his candidacy the veteran, who served two tours in Afghanistan, said he has a new mission in seeking the nomination. He stated in his Twitter video that he is looking to restore integrity and honesty back to the district’s representation in Congress.
In 2009, Curry graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He went on to attend George Washington University.
Since 2019, he has worked at JP Morgan as an equities research analyst and vice president. Curry filed the paperwork with the Federal Election Commission April 2, and quit his job at JP Morgan.
Curry is currently a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He is also in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in sports management at Columbia University.
Though he currently lives just outside the 3rd Congressional District, Curry stated he is currently in the process of moving into the district. Curry is a native of Oklahoma.
Curry is the first Republican challenger to Long Island Republican Rep. George Santos, who won his seat for the 3rd Congressional District in New York in November 2022. After he won the election, it was revealed that Santos had lied about parts of his family’s background and education that he had touted while he campaigned. He is facing investigations, both local and federal, into his finances as well as a probe by the House Ethics Committee.
Some Republicans have called for Santos to resign and a group of Democrats have also filed paperwork for a resolution to have him removed from Congress.
Santos has not announced he will be running for reelection but has filed paperwork necessary to run for reelection in 2024.
A Democratic candidate has not yet been announced. In 2020, President Joe Biden won the district.
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