Journalist Vaughn Golden of the Ithaca Times has done all of NY23rd a favor by interviewing five candidates who have indicated that they are running to be the Democratic challenge to Rep. Tom Reed. Please note that this list of hopefuls might grow. The Ithaca Times did not cut any corners on presenting the candidates. The following links include a lengthy article, and a 35 to 41 minute video interview for each candidate.
The Interviewer noted:
While conducting these interviews, each candidate was offered a similar length interview and time was kept as equal as possible across the board. In order to do this some policy areas were skipped for different candidates.
2018 Congressional Challengers:
- Edward “Eddie” Sundquist
- Ian Golden
- Rick Gallant
- Max Della Pia
- John Hertzler
- Tracy Mitrano (added 8/3/2017 & filed to be a candidate on 9/1/17)
These interviews are only an introduction. We will get a much better idea of each candidate’s strenghts and weaknesses as we follow their news articles and their social media. We should have ample chances to meet the candidates in both formal and informal settings. We have the responsibility to cautiously compare each candidate’s platform, ability to communicate, work ethic, integrity, compasion and honesty. There is a lot to get done before the June 2018 Democratic Primary. We need to roll up our sleeves, and do our due diligence. We want to hire the right person for this important position.