Yesterday, at a press conference at his legal office in Utica, Leon Koziol formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to New York State's 24th District seat in the House of Representatives.
Koziol promised to promote issues that appeal to right wing voters, such as opposition to abortion and support for efforts to make same-sex unions illegal.
Koziol also claimed that he has received $22,000 in campaign donations so far, although Koziol had filed no such information before the end of 2005, and filings since that time are not publicly available. The $22,000 Koziol claims still places him at less than half of the $49,000 that the campaign of rival Democrat Les Roberts had collected before December 31, 2005, and suggests that Koziol will be fighting an uphill battle for the Democratic nomination.
So far, Koziol's announcement has received little attention from the press or blogosphere, with a short blurb from Channel 10 News, a brief article from the Little Falls Times newspaper in Herkimer, and a longer article in the Utica Observer-Dispatch today.