Horseheads, N.Y. (WENY) -- Horseheads businessman R.C. Ike has announced his candidacy for the New York State Assembly of the 124th district.

Ike will look to win the republican primary against incumbent Chris Friend. Ike is running on a number of key issues including making the state more affordable and decreasing the tax burden. A military veteran himself, he's looking to honor and protect those who've served. Ike said a key sticking point in his platform is making government more transparent and working across the aisle.

“I have seen first-hand how some of the negative impact of law's that have been passed, have directly impacted this area as well as small businesses and individuals and it's time to push back on that.” said Ike.

Ike said he'll have an open door policy, always making himself accessible.

We did reach out to assemblyman Chris friend's office. We have not heard back.