HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. -- The race for New York District 18 is officially on.
Sunday, former Congressman Nan Hayworth officially announced her bid to upstage Sean Patrick Maloney, the man who took her seat in 2012.
The Republican made the official announcement at the Satin Fine Foods in Chester Sunday.
Maloney beat Hayworth by under four-points just two years ago.
Hayworth will make the Affordable Care Act a major part of her campaign. She argues it's too costly for the people of the Hudson Valley. She said her 20-plus years in the medical field give her the experience to take on the law.
"We can do so much better, and we will, you see the gathering here, you see how strongly people feel, that we can do better, we have to do better and we will," Hayworth said.
Hayworth called Maloney part of the elitist movement in Washington that's only looking out for bureaucrats, not the taxpayers in the Hudson Valley.
Maloney's office released a statement regarding Hayworth's announcement.
He said Hayworth failed on issues like the farm bill, disaster assistance and working with colleagues across the aisle to get things done.