Former Saratoga County Assistant District Attorney David Harper has entered the race to face freshman Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.).

Murphy won a special election early last year but unlike another nearby upstate special election winner, Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), Murphy had yet to see his race crowd this year.

Harper announced his candidacy over the weekend. He faces Queensbury Town Supervisor Dan Stec in the primary.

"Today is an exciting day as I am now formally and officially a candidate for Congress in New York’s 20th Congressional district," Harper said. "I’m running for Congress to put an end to the out of control spending and fiscal irresponsibility that dominates Washington and is ruining our economy.”