Liz Gereghty, Gretchen Whitmer’s sister, running for N.Y. House seat

WASHINGTON — Democratic businesswoman Liz Gereghty, sister of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, announced Tuesday that she is running for a New York congressional seat that narrowly swung to Republican control last year and is expected to to be one of the most competitive contests in the country in 2024.

Gereghty seeks the seat once held by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who led his party’s effort to take control of Congress in 2022 as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee but lost his own race to the Republican Mike Lawler, a state assemblyman. Lawler won by about 1,800 votes, or less than 1 percentage point.

The 17th congressional district, located in New York’s northern suburbs, was one of four New York House seats Republicans flipped in what was otherwise a better-than-expected middle term for Democrats. The victories helped the GOP win a narrow House majority, and the district will be a prime target for Democrats as they try to regain control of the House next year.

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Gereghty started his own business and sits on the local school board.

His sister, Whitmer, won his second term as governor of Michigan last year. Whitmer, a Democrat, was among the women mentioned as a possible running mate for Biden in 2020.

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