Former CNN anchor John Avlon announces run for Congress as a Democrat


Former CNN anchor John Avlon on Wednesday announced a run for Congress in New York's first district, adding to a crowded field of Democrats vying to unseat a first-term Republican.

Why it matters: The Long Island seat, currently held by Rep. Nick LaLota, was key to the GOP securing a razor-thin House majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

Driving the news: "Right now, our democracy's in danger," Avlon said in a video posted to social media Wednesday morning.

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