Category Archives: Steven Vasquez for US Congress – NY CD 21

Steven Vasquez- Needs help getting on the ballot!



This is it folks! We now have an opportunity to make a difference and get Steven on the ballot for his Congressional race in the NY 21st District.  We will finally have a Constitutionalist who is running to cut the excessive spending overseas, balance the budget at home, stop runaway gas and food prices by strengthening the dollar, and restore our freedoms and rights by eliminating the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act, and the Real-ID. Steven is running to represent you, the people; not the special interests or lobbyists.Let’s show how strong our determination and motivation to get the government out of our lives and pocket books. Let’s show them how strong our grassroots in the 21st District is so they can hear about it in Washington. But we need your help to make this happen.

Starting on June 3rd, the petition drive begins to collect as many signatures as possible to show a strong showing for the primary. We need as many able bodies to go around your own neighborhoods to have people simply sign the petition. It will only take a couple of hours a night, but it will go a long way towards spreading freedom. It is also a lot of fun.

Who we Need:
*Volunteers to gather signatures.
*Notaries to witness the signatures.
*Drivers to help teams of petitioners to get around the neighborhood.

Please email Steven at to RSVP or if you have questions as soon as possible.  Please indicate what party you are registered under. 

We will have training sessions on May 28th in the Albany Public Library at Washington Ave at 7PM, where we will give out the petitions and provide important instructions. We will have additional sessions available on May 29th and June 2nd, locations to be announced..

For freedom,
Steven Vasquez
U.S. Representative Candidate, NY 21st District


Second Republican joins race for 21st

Second Republican joins race for the 21st


Add the name Steven Vasquez to theSteven Vasquez is seventh candidate for congressional seat 
By CAROL DeMARE, Staff writer
First published: Saturday, March 22, 2008  list of candidates seeking the 21st Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat Michael McNulty.
Vasquez, a 33-year-old businessman, is a Republican who would have to run in a primary against Jim Buhrmaster, a Schenectady County legislator who on Wednesday became the first Republican to announce his candidacy. Vasquez is the seventh announced candidate for the seat; five Democrats are also in the running.
Though he’s a resident of the Saratoga County community of Ballston Lake —
outside the 21st district — it shouldn’t present a legal obstacle to his candidacy. According to Charlie Diamond, a longtime McNulty aide, election law allows anyone who lives in the state to run for a congressional seat, so Vasquez should be covered if he fulfills his promise to move into the district if elected.
The district stretches over seven counties. The only part of Saratoga County inside the district is the town and village of Waterford.
“It shouldn’t be an issue,” Vasquez said. “I’ve been a Capital District resident for over half of my life, and I’ve worked in the 21st District, including Troy and Albany, and I’ve associated with people in the community,” he said.
His Web site,, says that after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he started ReQuest, a consumer electronics company that makes high-end stereo equipment. His Web site creditVasquez with inventing the consumer media server back in 1997 with the AudioReQuest MP3 home digital music system.
His interest in running for political office stems from his background, he said. “I’m a tech-savvy entrepreneur who knows how to bring jobs to Tech Valley,” he said. “New York is overburdened with taxes, and that creates barriers to businesses that want to move into the state as well as those looking to find jobs in the area.”
The New York City native also cited a need “to focus on fixing our fiscal house and taking care of Social Security. With the economy in a recession, the dollar falling, rising gas and food prices, the mortgage crisis, and massive deficit spending, Washington has the wrong priorities,” he said.
Vasquez received his bachelor’s degree from RPI in 1996 and two master’s degrees in 1998, one in business administration from RPI’s Lally School of Business and another in engineering.
Carol DeMare can be reached at 454-5431 or by e-mail at


Republican throws hat in the ring for 21st District Seat

Republican throws hat in the ring for 21st District seat
Saturday, March 22, 2008


— A second Republican has announced that he is entering the race for the 21st Congressional District seat, which could set the stage for a Republican primary.

Steven Vasquez, 33, of Ballston Lake, a self-described Tech Valley entrepreneur who started an electronics company called ReQuest, said he will work full time on his candidacy.

He decided to run to “stop wasting money so we can protect seniors and veterans.” He said the key issue is the economy and he will “fight to make hard choices to stop Congress from deficit spending that robs Social Security.”

Vasquez said the reason taxes are so high is because Congress is spending massive amounts of money, which is hurting the economy, increasing the deficit and forcing the country to borrow money from Communist China and Saudi Arabia.

Congress — both Democrats and Republicans — has been taking money from Social Security surplus funds for decades, he added.

U.S. Rep. Michael McNulty, D-Green Island, who has held the seat for 20 years, is not running for re-election.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said that as baby boomers enter retirement age in the next 20 years, the federal government will go broke and not be able to fulfill its obligations, leaving taxpayers holding the bill for more than $500,000 per household, according to Vasquez.

The U.S. country is reaching the threshold of how much the government can borrow vs. how much it can produce.

“I would create a firewall and stop Congress from being able to loot the trust funds. That alone won’t save it, but it would buy time to help Congress stop wasting money overseas.”

Vasquez, who is single, has not run for elected office before but has worked on political campaigns including Ron Paul’s recent run for president.

A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, Vasquez said he created manufacturing and engineering jobs in Tech Valley by co-founding ReQuest, a consumer electronics business.

He now serves on the ReQuest board.

“I am a tech-savvy entrepreneur, and I know how to bring jobs to Tech Valley. What’s happening in New York is that we are more highly taxed than elsewhere in country. It’s creating barriers for people who would like to move in and get jobs.”

He said he’s excited by the number of candidates in the race. “It will allow voters a real choice. It should be a good race. I think I will win. I have the ability to take on hard choices most other candidates won’t talk about.”

Earlier this week, Jim Buhrmaster, a business owner and Schenectady County legislator, became the first Republican to announce he would run for McNulty’s seat.

The Democrats who have announced their candidacies are: Gary Mittleman, founding CEO of Plug Power; Phil Steck, Colonie Democratic chairman; Tracey Brooks, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton; Darius Shahinfar, a former aide to U.S. Rep . Kirsten Gillibrand; and Lester Freeman, an Albany Democratic activist.

Former Democratic assemblyman Paul Tonko, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, is considering a run.

McNulty has not endorsed any of the candidates.

The district covers parts of Fulton, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties and all of Albany, Montgomery, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.

It has a majority of Democrats with 41 percent; 28 percent of voters are Republicans and 31 percent are not enrolled in either major party.


Article and Video- Steven Vazquez for US Congress- NY


Another candidate for McNulty’s seat

By: Curtis Schick
Updated: 03/22/2008 08:57 PM


ALBANY, N.Y. — In the race for Mike McNulty’s seat in Congress we’ve seen one person after another jump into the race. Half a dozen, most with some political pedigree made the standard “I’m running” announcement.


But, political newcomer Steven Vasquez quietly announcing by press release that he’s running for Congress is just one way he’s trying to show he’s not your cookie cutter candidate.

“I will win, I’m the person who will make the hard choices,” said Vasquez.
Vasquez was born in Queens, moved upstate to go to college, graduated from RPI with two masters’ degrees and started a successful tech business called ReQuest. He said New York must do more so high tech business request to the Empire State.
“The Triangle in North Carolina, and Silicon Valley; they encourage business to come in and people to come in by reducing the taxes,” said Vasquez.

Vasquez said he’s a fiscally conservative Republican and said the federal government needs to stop spending in 20 years or the country will be broke.


He said we need less spending overseas with fewer troops fighting wars around the world.

Vasquez said we need a balanced budget and stop taking money out of programs for seniors and veterans.

“The federal government is going to run out of money. And it is not going to have any money to pay for national defense or any other program if we don’t make changes now,” Vasquez said.

Vasquez doesn’t live in the district. He calls Ballston Lake home, which is just across the border. He said he’s deeply tied to the Capital Region and doesn’t think it will make a difference with voters.

Something we won’t find out until this fall.




Steven Vasquez-Ron Paul Republican-U.S. Congress, NY 21st

Steven Vasquez

Ron Paul Republican
U.S. Congress, NY 21st

A Tech Valley business entrepreneur focused on saving our economy

(Please forward to your Meetup Groups, MySpace and Facebook friends)

Dear Fellow Ron Paul Supporters,

We have fought an uphill battle to help spread Ron Paul’s message in his ongoing Presidential race. In NY, I worked diligently with many of you across the state and the country to give Dr. Paul 7% of the vote in NY for the Super Tuesday primary. Now, I am taking up the calling from Ron Paul to continue the movement by running for Congress in the 21st District in NY, the fighting 21st.

The 21st consists of the Capital District of Albany, Troy, Schenectady and the surrounding counties of Schoharie, Montgomery, and parts of Fulton and Saratoga. With the retirement of Rep. McNulty, the seat is open without an incumbent. While there are up to 5 Democrats fighting for their primary, there are no Republicans officially running though there is one other considering.

We need a business person in Congress to protect our national sovereignty, eliminate the deficit, and restore the strength of the U.S. dollar. I believe in following the Constitution, restoring our civil liberties, and getting the government out of our pockets.

This is a race we can win, but I need your help to get there. Visit, and sign up to be a volunteer and donate. In order to have a strong showing for my official announcement on March 21st (First day of Spring and New Hope), I need your help.

Your contribution of $100 will go a long way towards spreading our message of responsible spending and freedom. For those who can not afford it this week, a symbolic donation of $21 or any amount you can spare will go a long way towards the sign of strength that our movement carries.

Follow these 4 steps towards freedom…remember, that this one step to initiate hope, multiplied by many, leads to change:

1. Please visit and donate at least $75, $21, or $10.

2. Join Steven’s Myspace Page at:

3. Become a supporter of Steven’s Facebook page at:…ez/12851159663

4. Send this message to 4 or more your like-minded friends.
Hope does not only come from those seeking an office in government. True hope can only be created from you.

For freedom,
Steven Vasquez
U.S. Representative Candidate, NY 21st District

Peace, Liberty, and Prosperity

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