SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Incumbent Paul Tonko has declared victory in the democratic primary for U.S. House District 20. He was running against Rostislav Rar, a non-profit immigration attorney.

The newly redrawn 20th Congressional District includes all of Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties and the southern half of Saratoga County.

This was Tonko’s first democratic primary challenger in his congressional career. Tonko has served in the House of Representatives for over 12 years. Rar said his campaign centered around the environment, education, and equality.


“I congratulate him on his victory,” Rar said. “Once more, he ran a very clean campaign he did not use any negative advertising he didn’t challenge my petitions so people talk about his character and the qualities that he has, that he brings to his job. He is an honest person, a very good person and that I think was reflective in his campaign.”