Mission: Every American is equal, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, ability religion, sexual orientation, or background. We must combat the systemic racism and prejudice that blocks many from accessing opportunities equally. I will fiercely fight discrimination in all its forms. I will fight to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include prohibiting discrimination against the LGBTQ community. We must also protect and expand people with disabilities’ access to education, employment, transportation, health care, and their communities.
I have lived in western and southern tier New York my entire life. I was born in Rochester where my parents owned a restaurant downtown. I grew up helping my father in that restaurant. It is where I learned first-hand about the importance of community and of hard work.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday marks the birthday of an American who sought unity at a time of division and brought hope and healing to this country. It is a day to honor and reflect on the fundamental definition of what these United States of America are: a home for people of all faiths, races, ethnicities, genders, abilities, and persuasions. And it is a day to celebrate each other, to recommit to standing up, not only for what is right for ourselves and for our families, but for what is right for our country, and for the ideals upon which the U.S. was founded—liberty and justice for all.
Mission: Bring jobs back to the district through tax cuts for the middle-class, not the wealthiest one percent. Ensure a fair minimum wage. Update our outdated labor laws to match the 21st Century workforce, including taking health care off the backs of employers, especially small business, better social planning for child care for working parents, and improving wages to rebalance what is now out of whack employee/CEO ratio.
Mission: Establish universal health care. Access to health care should be a right, not a privilege for the wealthy. The U.S. is the only western developed nation in which a hard-working family can go bankrupt from a hospital stay. Affordable health care is a gateway to economic opportunity and upward mobility. We must defend against cuts to critical programs, like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.
Mission: All children, regardless of their location, have a right to a quality K-12 education. We must invest in our K-12 public schools. We have excellent post-secondary schools in our district and the ability to attend them should not just be a pipe dream for constituents. We should create vocational, trade, and certificate programs between our excellent schools and the people who neither want nor can afford a four-year degree.
Mission: This country was built by immigrants and continues to benefit from the skills and expertise immigrants bring to the U.S. I support immigration reform that provides undocumented people living in the district in good legal standing with a path towards citizenship. Farmers and wineries in this District depend on immigrant workers.
Mission: We must ensure our national security agencies and diplomatic corps are equipped to meet 21st century challenges, including cybersecurity and terrorism. The U.S. must maintain its strong bilateral and multilateral alliances, including through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The threats to our national security are complex and we cannot go it alone. Congress must act now to defend against the threat of hacking into our democratic institutions from state and non-state actors.
Mission: Keep our planet safe and clean for our families and protect it from the effects of climate change. Support the current NY State moratorium on hydraulic-fracturing and federal funding for climate change research and policy based on the scientific method. There are great opportunities for scientific innovation, discovery, and research for renewable energies and southern tier New York should be at the forefront.
Mission: Provide adequate funding for veterans, including health care, mental health support, and programs to help veterans shift to civilian employment after serving. We need people in Congress who understand what it means to deploy men and women overseas and who will ensure the government provides the highest form of care and support upon our soldiers’ return. We can give our military the latest technology in war, but if we don’t take care of our soldiers when they return home, we are not doing our jobs.
Mission: Support net neutrality. Companies should not have the right to limit access to the Internet to only those who can afford it. Doing so will harm our schools and universities and most affect low-income families, students, and people with disabilities. It is time for Congress to pass legislation that protects this critical principal of communications, commerce and content sharing on the internet.
Mission: I will defend a woman’s right to choose and to access safe, legal, and affordable reproductive care. Reproductive health should not be a privilege for only those who can afford it. I oppose cuts to Planned Parenthood and any other program that provides safe and affordable health care.
Mission: I come from a family of hunters and I will protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners. However, we cannot ignore gun violence in our schools and communities. We must close loopholes that allow criminals and terrorists easy access to firearms. I support community programs that provide training in responsible gun ownership and address gun violence. As a matter of state law, I oppose the Safe Gun Act as an overly broad and discriminatory legislation.
Stop by and meet Tracy! WHEN: Monday, January 22th at 5-7:00 pm WHERE: Silver Line Tap Room 19 W Main Street, Trumansburg
Stop by and meet Tracy! WHEN: Sunday, January 21 at 2-4:00 pm WHERE: Ithaca Bakery 400 N Meadow Street, Ithaca
In an op-ed written to The Ithaca Times, Tracy called out Congressman Tom Reed for attempting to divide the district and encouraged constituents to work together using our shared values. Tracy said: Though these perceptions are often superficial, many in…
Why I Am Voting for Tracy
“I’m a lifelong Democrat and I believe that our NY 23rd District would greatly benefit from the truly representative leadership in the House that Tracy would provide. I believe that incumbent Republican Tom Reed has failed to represent the working people of this district for the past seven years. Reed has repeatedly voted for party over principle, and has always favored the wealthiest at the expense of ordinary New Yorkers. The NY 23rd District is a largely rural and less-developed, but very widespread area that could use federal resources that Reed has failed to provide. Tom Reed has had his chance, and NY 23rd needs a change.”
“Tracy is the whole package. She understands the needs of all the people in this district, the working people and the single moms and dads. She is bright and personable, well-spoken and has lots of energy. I liked her the minute I met her. I like and respect most of the candidates in the 23rd, but I feel Tracy is the most electable and the very best candidate to go forward with and beat Tom Reed.”
“I’m voting for Tracy for many reasons, but especially because of her positions on universal healthcare and internet infrastructure.
The healthcare industry should be a zero-sum business (to provide everyone with great quality of care) and the US spends WAY TOO much on care as it is. A single payer system, everyone in the paying pool, simple. Internet infrastructure is another huge YES. When I moved up here from the south, I went back to 1980’s internet! Her knowledge and experience in cyber-security is second to none. We need her in Congress to update and focus our national security against those threats.”
“We need a fresh face in Congress who cares about the average citizens and their daily struggles, and not just the wealthy and special interest groups. Tom Reed voting against the Affordable Care Act showed me he is out of touch with his constituents. I would like to see a single payer health care system that is fair for everyone and Tracy will fight for that. Tracy’s cyber security expertise is also a plus and is much needed in today’s world.”
“I have been a Republican ever since I began voting. But I’m not happy with what has been happening with the Republican Party and in November, I’ll be voting for Tracy Mitrano.”
“[Tracy] is the one person who can seriously take on Tom Reed. Super, super smart and definitely has the gravitas. Hands down, best choice.”