Mar 23, 2006 — State Senator Raymond Meier hopes to be in Washington, DC this time next year. Meier announced his candidacy for Congress Monday. He wants the Republican nomination for the central and southern tier seat long held by Sherwood Boehlert. Boehlert announced last Friday that he wouldn't seek re-election this year. That opens the field to Meier, to another Republican, Seneca Falls Mayor Brad Jones, and to four Democrats who've expressed interest in the seat. It's not the first indication Meier has been thinking about moving beyond his state Senate job. Last summer, his name was mentioned as a possible successor to fellow Republican Governor George Pataki. Meier said the disadvantages an upstate candidate for governor would face in money and name recognition are discouraging. But he told Martha Foley his decision to run for Congress goes beyond practical politics.