After a vigorous primary race Democrats unify around a common goal: Electing Tracy Mitrano in New York’s 23rd District
PENN YAN—From public endorsements to hosting fundraisers, the one-time rivals in the Democratic Primary have united around a single cause, supporting Tracy Mitrano to unseat Republican Tom Reed and bring new leadership to Washington, D.C. that reflects the values of hard-working residents of New York’s 23rd District.
On August 8, Mitrano was certified as the winner of June’s cliffhanger primary contest in a crowded democratic field of five candidates. Now, support from her one-time opponents is flooding in.
Two of the former candidates, retired cardiologist Linda Andrei and Ithaca small business owner Ian Golden, yesterday held a fundraiser for Mitrano while Owego veteran Max Della Pia met with Mitrano at her home and offered to help with the campaign.
“There are many reasons I support Tracy Mitrano for Congress,” said Della Pia, who was Mitrano’s closest competitor in the Democratic primary. “One very important reason is because Tracy will stand up for us rather than for the special interests of out-of-district campaign donors.”
At the fundraiser, Andrei noted the challenge Mitrano faces; Reed has held the seat for six years, in a district with more Republican than Democratic registered voters. But Andrei and Golden both expressed optimism about the outcome in November because of Mitrano’s powerful district-centric message, strong Democratic voter turnout in the primary, and wide dissatisfaction with the Republican incumbent.
Mitrano, a native Western New Yorker, cybersecurity expert, and mother of two, had a particularly strong showing in the rural counties — such as Yates, Chautauqua, and Allegany — that make up much of New York’s 23rd District, which stretches from Ithaca to Jamestown.
“It’s gratifying that, after an incredibly challenging primary, all of the candidates are united in our effort to defeat Tom Reed,” Mitrano said. “I’m honored to have their support. Each of them brought important ideas to the discussion, and it has made me a stronger candidate.”
Chautauqua attorney Eddie Sundquist, the fifth candidate in the primary race, also publicly vowed to help Mitrano.
“Ms. Mitrano was chosen to be that voice for people here,” Sunquist told the Jamestown Post Journal in a profile published August 12. “I’m excited to assist her and the Democratic Party and moving that forward.”