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Jefferson County broadcast engineer to run for Congress

2013-12-26T14:55:00Z Jefferson County broadcast engineer to run for Congress Glens Falls Post-Star
December 26, 2013 2:55 pm

Michael Ring, a broadcast engineer and computer consultant from Jefferson County, said Thursday he is poised to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 21st Congressional District.

“I am going to be announcing in the next couple of days to make this official,” he said in a telephone interview on Thursday.

Ring will be the third announced candidate for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in 2014.

The other announced candidates are Elise Stefanik, a business woman and former White House policy advisor from Willsboro, and Joe Gilbert, a retired Army major and tea party leader from St. Lawrence County.

A fourth potential candidate, actor John James from Cambridge, who portrayed Jeff Colby on the long-running TV show “Dynasty,” confirmed Thursday that he is considering the race.

Ring, of Adams Center, near Watertown, has been a broadcast engineer for 37 years and a business owner for 32 years.

He is past chairman of Adams Parks and Recreation Commission and past president of South Jefferson Central School Parent Teacher Organization, according his campaign website.

He is a member of the Academy of Political Science, the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals, the National Military Intelligence Association, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Ring said his congressional run evolved from a political discussion web site -- -- which he established about two years ago.

“I was kind of fed up with the dysfunction down in Washington. So I said, ‘OK, I’m going to start a political forum,’” he said.

Watch The Post-Star in the coming days for a report about the 21st Congressional District endorsement process.

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