Five Democrats are hoping to unseat Republican incumbent Tom Reed in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Voters have elected Reed four times, three of which were in the redistricted 23rd. The seat is among the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of mid-term targets. NY-23 is largely rural and spans 11 counties in the Southern Tier.
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Rep. Tom Reed is the former Mayor of Corning and has been in office since 2010. He serves on the congressional Ways and Means committee. Reed says he is “committed to fighting for jobs and the future for families” in the district. His priorities include fostering bipartisanship, the economy and taxes.
Health care: Supports “patient-centered solutions” that empower patients and doctors instead of insurance companies, repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Immigration: Supports a permanent solution for Dreamers but believes legislation could be tied to a broader bill funding more border security.
Gun reform: Co-sponsored Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and does not support “one-size-fits-all” proposals in Washington.
Linda Andrei is a retired cardiologist who lives in Ithaca. She says she’s running because she believes as a doctor she can bring a unique skillset to Congress. Her top priorities include health care, economics, education and safety.
Health care: Supports a single-payer universal system, negotiation of lower costs for prescription drugs, and Planned Parenthood.
Immigration: Supports immediate citizenship for Dreamers, clear definition of refugee status, and keeping families together.
Gun reform: Supports banning assault rifles, instituting a universal background check system without loopholes, and reversing the Dickey Amendment.
Ian Golden is a small businessman who lives in Ithaca. He says he currently works three jobs to make ends meet. Ian says he decided to run for Congress after noticing “few others seemed willing to stand up to special interests and lobbyists.” His top priorities include the economy, health care, and “cleaning up government.”
Health care: Supports a single-payer system in the form of Medicare for All Act, sufficient reimbursement rates for medical centers, and negotiating lower costs for prescription drugs.
Immigration: Supports a path to citizenship for Dreamers, maintaining funding for proven security measures like Customs agents, and reuniting families.
Gun reform: Supports a universal background check system with no loopholes, bump stock ban, and a scientific study of gun-inflicted injuries and deaths.
Tracy Mitrano is a cyber-security expert who retired as the Director of Information Technology Policy at Cornell University. She currently lives in Ithaca. Mitrano says she’s running “to put people first again by fighting to bring economic opportunity” to the district. Besides the economy, her priorities include health care, education, infrastructure, and the environment
Health care: Supports stabilizing the Affordable Care Act , establishing a single-payer system, and reigning in cost of prescription drugs.
Immigration: Supports a path to citizenship for Dreamers.
Gun reform: Supports a universal background check system with no loopholes, banning “military grade” weapons including bump stocks, and research on effective common sense approaches to prevent violent crime.
Max Della Pia is a retired colonel in ther U.S. Air Force who currently lives in Owego. He says he is running for Congress because the current system “simply is not working for so many of us” and he cares deeply about the district. His priorities include the economy, health care and national security.
Health care: Supports stabilizing the Affordable Care Act , Medicare for All, and lowering the costs of prescription drugs.
Immigration: Supports a strong border policy that protects American citizens while welcoming those who “play by the rules” and are seeking better lives in America.
Gun reform: Supports closing loopholes for gun show and online sales and banning automatic weapons and bump stocks.
Eddie Sundquist is a lawyer and former teacher who lives and practices in Jamestown. He says he is passionate about his community and fighting for others. His priority issues include jobs and the economy, health care and education.
Health care: Supports universal system paid for by taxing corporate profits held overseas.
Immigration: Supports a path to citizenship for Dreamers and simplifying the visa process.
Gun reform: Exploring options for a universal background check system which would not require a national gun database.