WAVERLY, NY – In the 2016 election cycle, Congressman Tom Reed will face challenges from both sides.

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Last year, Democratic challenger John Plumb announced that he would be running against Reed for the 23rd congressional district seat, which includes the Ithaca area.

Last week, Gary Perry of Waverly announced that he would also be challenging Reed in the Republican primary for the seat, according to a report from The Leader,

Perry describes himself as a Tea Party candidate, a conservative, a constitutionalist and a libertarian, according to the report.

He told the Leader he considers himself a friend of Reed’s and has helped the congressman’s campaign in the past, but does not agree with Reed’s voting record. “He just doesn’t vote like a true conservative,” said Perry.

Perry will face an uphill battle, with limited campaign experience and funding compared to Reed. Time is also a factor — the Republican primary is rapidly approaching in June.

Reed has held the 23rd district seat since 2010. He successfully defended the seat against Democratic challengers Nate Shinagawa in 2012 and Martha Robertson in 2014.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at msmith@ithacavoice.com, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.