Two candidates have already presented as runners in the 24th Congressional race, which is getting an early-start this year.
By the end of the day – it could be three.
Democrat Dana Balter, who ran an unsuccessful campaign last year – is expected to announce her intent to run in 2020.
Katko defeated Balter by roughly five points in 2018 for another term representing the district that covers Cayuga, Onondaga, Wayne, and part of Oswego counties.
Katko is in the midst of his third term.
Roger Misso and Francis Conole, both Democrats, are the two challengers that have already entered the race.
For his efforts, Misso, a Veteran, says he’s focused on connecting with the entire district – both urban and rural. “We are going to go to every town, every village, every hamlet, every farm and every part of our cities here in CNY and we are going to stand up for people, we’re going to listen to people and that takes a lot of time, a lot of effort,” he told WSYR-TV.
Meanwhile, Conole, has been working for the Secretary of Defense, and wants to take that experience – along with his experience in the U.S. Navy – across the district.
“”We’ve had a tax bill that has been implemented that I think is going to hurt many New Yorkers. It’s going to have them pay more in taxes, all the while it weakens the Affordable Care Act. It balloons the deficit and it does not add an extra dollar to so many of the things that the communities in New York I think need. Greater investment in education, training, infrastructure, green energy, housing, tech research and development,” Conole told WSYR-TV.
Check out additional coverage of the race for the 24th below:
– Race for NY’s 24th Congressional district in 2020 already heating up
– Francis Conole, Iraq War vet, launches campaign for Congress to challenge Rep. John Katko
– Rep. John Katko raises $284K to kick off 2020 re-election campaign for Congress