TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Republican Congressional candidate Mike Sigler picked up the endorsement of one of his opponents Monday, as fellow Republican Timothy Ko endorsed Sigler as Ko ended his own campaign for the New York 24th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ko originally announced his campaign in October, running for the Republican nomination. At that point, the district lines had yet to be drawn, though when the district was finally decided it was more Democratic than the previous district that included Tompkins County and the surrounding area.

The endorsement comes after the Tompkins County Republican Committee and the Onondaga County Republican Committee both endorsed Sigler. Ko said that Sigler is a “dynamic communicator” and a “people person,” with a policy acumen and “a high level of expertise as a legislator.”

“This is something our next representative will need to have if he’s going to avoid the pitfalls in Washington, D.C.,” Ko said. “Most importantly, Mike knows that an ever expanding federal bureaucracy is not the answer, it’s the problem. Being able to sit down for over two hours, we discussed everything from the importance of energy independence to our shared interest in outdoor pursuits. We discussed family and the need for Republicans to reach out to those Americans who have been marginalized then taken for granted by the Democratic leadership in cities like Syracuse.”

Ko’s departure from the race leaves two Republicans left vying for the spot, Sigler and Brandon Williams.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com