Plans to run as independent

Scott Smith

Scott Smith, a former member of the Middletown City Council, has announced he will challenge Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for his seat in the U.S. House in the 2020 election.

Smith, a middle-school teacher who lives in Goshen and describes himself as a “foundationalist,” says he plans to run as an independent but will seek other ballot lines. He served on the Middletown council from 2009 to 2013.

Chele Farley, who was the Republican candidate last year for the U.S. Senate seat held by Kirsten Gillibrand, also has said she will challenge Maloney, a Democrat in his fourth term.

In the first three months of this year, Maloney reported to the Federal Election Commission that he had raised $218,000 for his 2020 campaign. Smith reported raising $100 and Farley did not file a report.

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