Facebook co-founder’s husband running for Congress

Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook co-founder and New Republic publisher Chris Hughes, has filed papers to run for New York's 19th House district.

Should he run, the 26-year-old Eldridge would face Rep. Chris Gibson (R), first elected to the House in 2010. The well-liked congressman won in 2012 by seven points even though President Obama carried the district, which became significantly more Democratic under the post-2010 map.

Eldridge leads an investment fund, Hudson River Ventures, that specializes in local food-and-drink companies. He and Hughes financed a campaign last year, Protect Our Democracy, to push for publicly financed elections. The super PAC got involved in a local state Senate race, helping Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk win. And he's a senior adviser at Freedom to Marry, a gay marriage advocacy group, where he previously served as spokesman and political director.

Gibson is a retired Army colonel and a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley. Eldridge grew up in Ohio; he and Hughes bought an estate in Garrison, N.Y. two years ago.

New York's Capitol Tonight first reported on Eldridge's statement of candidacy.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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