The Oleans Times Herald noted that NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli commeneted that he was encouraged that “people are coming out of the woodwork to run for Congress” against Rep. Tom Reed. He was at the Cattaraugus County Democratic Party’s “Turn It Blue Gala”.
With him was four of the five announced candidates who are trying to get the Democratic nod to run against our current representative AND two unannounced candidates who are exploring the idea of becoming candidates.
The New NY 23rd prevuously ran a column, “Reed’s Challengers” which had links to the Ithaca Times article about the five announced candidates, which included detailed interviews with those candidates. The Times has added an interview about one of those Explorers–Tracy Mitrano.
Mitrano has been a history professor, an attorney and now is a cyber security expert. She grew up in the Rochester area, has taught in various colleges and is a resident of Yates County. You can read the Times’s interview with Mitrano which discusses how she stands on many issues including the Environment/Climate Change, 2nd Amendment, Economy, Education, Health Care, Opioid Crisis and even the Drinking Age. You can also watch the full video interview.
Maybe we will get something like this:
Having a half dozen candidates, and maybe more, has its benefits and its draw backs. The benefits is that they will crisscross the district to get their names and stances known and keep their collective eyes on Rep. Reed. Each candidate will energize different group of voters who hopefully will support the eventual nominee. The drawback is that the donations will be split among 6 candidates which will affect the nominee’s final push.