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Democratic Primary In NY-24 Brings One Returning, One New Cadidate To Ballot


In person voting for the Democratic Primary in the 24th Congressional District will be held on Tuesday, June 23 in attempt to unseat Republican John Katko in November. Dana Balter is encouraged by the nearly 26,000 paper ballots sent in so far.

She’s been engaging supporters through virtual events and considers a vote for her as a vote to also defeat the President.

“A president who would put his own reelection prospects, his own political needs ahead of the very survival of Americans does not belong in office,” Balter said. “This election, we have the opportunity, not only to replace him with a president who is competent and compassionate, but we also have the opportunity to replace his enablers in Congress.”         

She says holding virtual events were more accessible than in person campaign events but, it has brought to light the digital divide because not everyone can participate online. Her challenger and Navy Veteran Francis Conole compares his campaign to when he was called to serve after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

“I was called to serve again when we faced great threats internal, a horrific pandemic, divided nation, a president who threatens peace, stability and American lives. Our working families [are] falling behind.”

Primary Day on Tuesday is also the last day paper ballot voting can be sent through mail and must have a June 23rd postmark.    


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