Rep. Elise Stefanik on Friday endorsed Republican congressional candidate Chele Chiavacci Farley for the nomination in a Hudson Valley House district.

Farley is running for the seat held by Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who was re-elected last year to a third term in what has been in prior election cycles a closely watched battleground district.

“Chele Farley brings intelligence, energy, and determination to her race for Congress. Her real-world business experience will be an asset in Congress as she fights to protect tax dollars for hardworking families, fully fund our military, take care of our military families, and address the state’s crumbling infrastructure,” Stefanik said. “I have made it my top priority to help elect more Republican women to Congress and I’m proud to endorse Chele. I know she will serve the people of the Hudson Valley well.”

Stefanik was first elected as the youngest woman to a North Country House seat in 2014. Farley last year ran against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

“I am honored to have the backing of Elise Stefanik in this race. Elise is a leader for our state and the Republican Party in Congress,” Farley said. “I look forward to working with her to win and serving with her to fight back against the wave of socialism that has taken over Washington.”