Challenger announces senate campaign

Gia Arnold Rus Thompson and Carl Paladino

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A gun-rights advocate from Orleans County is running for New York State Senate against a long-time incumbent.

Gia Arnold, 24, is statewide coordinator for New York Revolution which opposes the SAFE Act and its gun control measures.

She is a mother with three children.  She launched her campaign alongside Tea Party stalwart Rus Thompson and Carl Paladino.

Arnold is running as a Republican and would face George Maziarz in a primary. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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