Big gap in 23rd District campaign coffers

Rep. Tom Reed has over $1 million more than his newly minted challenger, Democrat Tracy Mitrano, in campaign cash.

Mitrano this week was declared the winner to face Republican incumbent Reed in November following a five-way Democratic primary. With fewer than 30 votes separating Mitrano and candidate Max Della Pia after the June 26 primary, Della Pia conceded the race to Mitrano in a call for unity.

Mitrano will need that unity — and strong financial backing as well — in the predominantly Republican 23rd District where Reed seeks a fourth term.

Mitrano said Thursday there’s no question fundraising will be an important element in her campaign. “We expect to do very well in that,” she said.

“But at the end of the day it’s not the dollar that walks into the voting booth,” she added. “It’s the person.”

Reed “can have all the money in the world but he has to run against his record,” Mitrano said. Saying Reed has turned his back on the district, she talked about the troubles facing small businesses and farmers, students overcome with debt, debilitating health care costs and threats to the environment.

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