Press Release from the Office of Shawn D. Hogan, Mayor
City of Hornell, New York
After much consultation with family, friends and friendly political allies and prayerful
contemplation, I have decided not to pursue the 29th District Congressional seat that will become vacant with the resignation of Congressman Eric Massa at this day March 8th 2010.
I choose not to run, not because I am afraid of the challenge, I still have a great desire to serve. However the atmosphere in politics today is toxic, fueled by extremism on both sides of the aisle. Americans deserve and want leadership from our elected officials not 30 second sound bites and destructive behavior. We need honor and common sense in Washington and Albany.
That being said I have a profound love of my community and its Citizens and I have an obligation to continue to move this community forward. We are currently faced with many challenges and I plan on honoring my commitment to the City of Hornell.
I pray for a change in the political environment in this Country and we must pull together to solve the problems we face as a City, State and Nation, and we must do so without hate and anger. We must find the common ground that is necessary to solve our problems together.