Republican congressional candidate Phil Oliva on Wednesday was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business in his bid for the 18th congressional district.

“Phil Oliva would be a strong voice for small business owners in Congress,” said NFIB National Political Director Sharon Sussin. “He knows that we need strong small businesses if we want to have a strong economy and good jobs. In the House, he would work to reduce the burden of regulations and high taxes.”

Oliva, a former advisor to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, is running for the Hudson Valley House district held by Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. The seat has been a battleground district over the last several election cycles, with Maloney holding the seat in 2014 in a rematch against former Rep. Nan Hayworth.

“I’m proud to receive NFIB’s endorsement. I will be a champion in congress for our small businesses and entrepreneurs and help them lead us back to economic vitality,” said Oliva in a statement.

“As a small business owner myself, I certainly know the many burdens placed on small businesses by our government and I will work to reduce as many of these unnecessary regulations and mandates as possible so that Main Street can thrive and create the good jobs we need.”