MaloneyTwo former candidates for Assembly have filed to run for Congress against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in the 18th Congressional District.

Sakima Brown and Dan Castricone – both Republicans – have filed paperwork with the FEC to front a challenge against the two-term Congressman.

Both candidates ran for State Assembly in 2014. Brown challenged Assemblyman Frank Skartados in the 104th District, but lost with 38 percent of the vote. Castricone tried to take the empty seat in the 98th Assembly District, but was only able to win a quarter of the vote.

The district both candidates are vying for has been a toss-up in the past two election cycles. Democratic Incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney beat out Republican Nan Hayworth in 2012 with just over half of the vote. Two years later, when Hayworth challenged Maloney, he won again – but with an even smaller margin.

The latest available filing for Congressman Maloney shows him with almost $900,000 in the bank, while Brown maintains an account with just over $1,000. Castricone filed his candidacy too late for the latest financial deadline.