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Zachary Peura
7 Months

March 28, 2006

Dear Friends:

I would like to take this opportunity to express to you my heartfelt gratitude for the support you’ve shown over the past six months.  As you know, last September I formed an exploratory committee to consider the possibility of running to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

We have put together a great team of talented individuals, raised nearly $100,000 and had the privilege of meeting hundreds of neighbors and families from across the Hudson Valley.  We’ve talked about the issues that really matter and what Americans should be able to expect from their elected officials.  I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from those in New York and across the nation, and today I find it difficult to write this letter.

After months of consideration and honest conversations with family, friends and supporters, I have decided not to seek election at this time.  Of course, this is not an easy decision.  As we have explored this race, I have come to understand the hard reality of challenging an incumbent of one’s own party in a primary.  In order to win, we would have to run an incredibly expensive and negative campaign—the type of campaign that is not in the best interests of the Hudson Valley, our long-term efforts or the values that have motivated me to seek public office. 

In the months ahead, I will continue to be a voice for fiscal and ethical accountability and our inclusive conservative message that one day I hope to take to Washington.  I will remain active in my community and work hard to build a grassroots network of support.  Together, we will achieve victory at the appropriate time.

Once again, thank you so much for your friendship and support.  We have laid the groundwork for future success, and more importantly, our message has been heard. 


Jeff Cook 

 Jeff Cook for Congress Exploratory Committee
P.O. Box 1190, Peekskill, NY  10566
(914) 293-7957
 Paid for and Authorized by Jeff Cook for Congress Exploratory Committee
Thomas A. Christenson, Treasurer