Regional leaders of the Working Families Party (WFP) have voted overwhelmingly to recommend endorsement of Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano in NY-23 to the WFP. This all but guarantees Mitrano’s place on the ballot in November. The endorsement comes after an extensive application and interview process with each of the Democratic candidates running.

Sue Skidmore, former Mayor of Elmira and State Committee Member of WFP, said, “Tracy Mitrano is clearly the right candidate to take on Tom Reed. She has the best campaign structure and plan in place to win in November. Her deep roots to Western New York, extensive leadership experience, and her authentic connection with voters from all walks of life make her the ideal candidate.”

The WNY Vice Chair-Chautauqua Area of the WFP, Robert E Dando Jr, said, “Of all the candidates running, Tracy has the strongest vision and plan to turn things around in NY-23. Her plans to bring 21st Century jobs to the 23rd, develop local infrastructure, and defend access to affordable health care set her apart from other candidates running.”

In response to WFP’s endorsement, Tracy Mitrano released the following statement:

“I am truly appreciative to have received the Working Families Party’s support. WFP’s endorsement is essential to a successful primary in June and a win in the general election in November. With their support, I will proudly continue to fight for an economy that works for working and middle class people in this district, not just the one percent, and a democracy in which every voice is heard. Constituents in New York’s 23rd District deserve to have access to good jobs, a quality education, and affordable healthcare, and that is exactly what I will work for in Congress.”