Madigan Opens Campaign Headquarters

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - U.S. Congressional candidate Mike Madigan opened his campaign headquarters on the east side of Buffalo Sunday afternoon.

The Grand Island resident is challenging incumbent Democrat Brian Higgins in the newly formed 26th Congressional District.

Madigan, who is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines, says he decided to put his headquarters at Kensington and Bailey on Buffalo's east side because taking back the city is key to Buffalo's revival.

Madigan is calling for major education overhauls, and says educating the city's youth, specifically minority and low income children, is his main priority.

"We're talking shattered lives...destroyed lives, destroyed futures of our children. We need to focus on what's truly a priority, and it starts right here in the City of Buffalo, the heart of the City of Niagara Falls. We need to educate our children," said Madigan Sunday at a press conference.

Madigan also says lower taxes and reduced regulation will help spur economic and job growth in one of the highest taxed regions in the nation.