CORNING, N.Y. — Tracy Mitrano, the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat incumbent Rep. Tom Reed in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, picked up the endorsement of the man doing Reed’s former job on Monday — Corning Mayor Bill Boland.
The Democrat, who now holds the mayor’s office Reed held for one term — from 2008 to 2010, was joined in Corning’s Centennial Park on Monday afternoon to announce his support for Mitrano.
“Tracy’s got my vote,” said Boland. “She’s dedicated, passionate and honest. She’s smart and compassionate. She’s a problem solver. We need a person of her integrity to stand up for us in the halls of Congress. Just as she has carried the good fight to Tom Reed, so too will she fight for us as our representative.”
Boland was first elected mayor in 2017, before winning a second term in 2019, taking home nearly 80 percent of the vote. Mitrano will hope that support from an elected official so well-regarded by his constituents will help grow her name recognition in the more far-flung regions of New York’s sprawling 23rd district.
“Corning is one of this district’s treasures, proof that when a great company and a great community work together, they can create a thriving, livable city,” said Mitrano. “Mayor Boland has been part of that effort for a decade. As one who would like to replicate his success in cities and towns across the district, I appreciate his support and hope to learn from his experience.”
This is Mitrano’s second attempt at defeating reed. She also ran for the seat following a contentious and crowded primary field in 2018. She was ultimately defeated 55.2 percent to 45.8 percent in the general.
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