PENN YAN—Democratic Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano (NY-23) spoke today about her message of economic opportunity, a message that she said has resonated throughout the district during her 15-month campaign. It is a message that she believes can win one week from today, on November 6th.
“Our recent campaign gains have shown that we can bring change to the 23rd district,” Mitrano said. “We can expand healthcare access, lowering medical and pharmaceutical drug prices. We can build better infrastructure, ensuring that all parts of our region have access to the internet. We can make education more accessible and expand vocational and trade training. We can protect Medicare and Social Security without raising taxes on working and middle class people. We can address the opioid crisis. We need no longer accept a representative who has shown, time and time again, that he cares more about corporations than constituents.”
Mitrano’s campaign, which was initially viewed by many observers as a long-shot in a district where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats, has gained significant traction in recent weeks. The Federal Election Commission filings for Q3 (July through October) showed that she outraised Reed in that quarter, largely through contributions from small donors. Then, a poll conducted by Change Research last week found that Mitrano trailed Reed by less than two points. Among likely voters, 44.5 percent indicated that they would vote for Reed in the upcoming election, while 42.7 percent indicated that they would vote for Mitrano, and 12.9 percent were undecided. Even more tellingly, 48.8 percent of likely voters leaned toward supporting Reed, and 47.3 percent leaned towards supporting Mitrano, putting the Democratic challenger down by a mere 1.5 percentage points.
Mitrano urged people to get out and vote. “Your voice is important, and the best way to make sure it is heard in Washington is to vote,” Mitrano said. “This race is going to be close, and every vote will make a difference.”
Since she began her campaign 15 months ago, Mitrano has spent her time crisscrossing the district, hearing from residents about their concerns and sharing her own story. Born and raised in Western New York, Mitrano has lived all her adult life in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region. She spent more than two decades in Ithaca, where she attended Cornell Law School, worked as the Director of Information Policy Technology at Cornell, and raised her two sons, who are now in their 20s. She currently lives in Penn Yan.
Her economic plan is centered upon people and the resources they need to thrive in a modern economy: access to healthcare, quality education and vocational training, up-to-date infrastructure (including robust rural broadband access), a clean, protected environment, and a tax plan that favors investment and the working and middle class.
“My campaign has focused, first and foremost, on the needs of the people of this district,” Mitrano said. “I want to expand healthcare access, and increase educational and vocational opportunities. Student loans should be interest-free and available to people to pursue trade and vocational education. Farms, homes, schools, and new businesses should have access to the internet. Organized labor and dairy farmers in Congress should have a fair shake to help them succeed. These are big goals, and they are attainable ones. Together, Republicans and Democrats, we can build a better NY-23.”
A cybersecurity expert, Mitrano has long been a fervent advocate for net neutrality, information security and privacy, and the expansion of internet connectivity. Her expertise will position her to better advocate in Congress for modern solutions to today’s national security threats.
“Voters of this district entrusted Tom Reed to represent us,” Mitrano said. “We expected him to stand up for our interests. He hasn’t done that. In my last few months, I have heard so many stories from people about our government’s failures: a failure on healthcare and education policy, a failure to do enough to help laborers and dairy farmers, a failure to do enough to stop the horrendous cycle of the opioid crisis with help centered on addicts and their families.
“In a democracy, we are empowered to change government when it no longer represents us. As voters, we have the power to vote out representation that sides with special interests over the reasonable needs and desires of the people of this district. This November, I ask you to help me do just that.”