This is your district if you live in

Cayuga County ✮ Onondaga County ✮ Parts of Oswego County ✮ Wayne County

In Oswego County the towns of Granby, Hannibal, Minetto, Oswego, Palermo, Schroeppel, Scriba, and Volney as well as the cities of Fulton and Oswego are included in the 24th Congressional District.

Voter Snapshot
Voter Registration as of February 1, 2020
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Meet the Candidates
Dana Balter (D)
Dana Balter


Age: 44

Lifelong educator. Most recent position was teaching citizenship and policy at Syracuse University.

Community involvement includes: served as an Honorary Co-Chair for the Women Build program at Habitat for Humanity of Syracuse, and has been a community organizer with CNY Solidarity Coalition. Over many years, Balter has volunteered as an event planner for a number of non-profit organizations and as a guardian ad litem for children in foster care.

Her only previous attempt at public office was running against John Katko for this seat in 2018.


Why Vote For Balter?

I am running for Congress because I believe every central and western New Yorker deserves a fair shot at success. I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. I know the fear of not having health insurance and the stress of watching my healthcare debt grow. That’s why you can trust me to fight for you — because my story is your story.

In Congress, I will work to:

  • •Get the spread of coronavirus under control
  • •Pass an economic relief package for individuals, families, small businesses, and local governments adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • •Guarantee quality, affordable healthcare for every person
  • •Protect Social Security and Medicare
  • •Build a fair economy that works for everyone, with better-paying jobs, long-term economic growth, and a fair tax system
  • •Get big money out of politics so the power rests with average people, not special interests
  • •Institute significant reforms to our criminal legal system to end mass incarceration, increase community safety, and promote true justice
  • •Pass common sense gun safety measures that respect our second amendment rights while keeping our communities safe
  • •Fully fund public education for students in every zip code and guarantee debt-free post secondary education
  • •Protect and preserve our land, water, and air
  • •Ensure that people with disabilities share equitably in all that society has to offer
  • •Tackle the opioid crisis by treating opioid use disorder as the medical problem that it is

John Katko (R, C, I)
John Katko


Age: 57

Family Life: He and wife Robin live in Camillus and raised three children.

Seeking fourth two year term in Congress. Prior to running for congress he served as a federal prosecutor for 20 years. First for the Securities and Exchange Commission, investigating corporate fraud and insider trading. He then worked as a federal organized crime prosecutor in El Paso, San Juan, and Syracuse. In his time in Syracuse he organized the Syracuse Gang Violence Task Force and prosecuted numerous RICO cases in Syracuse.


Why Vote For Katko?

America faces a global pandemic, and our economy is suffering. These crises are at the forefront of everyone's minds, and families in our community are concerned about their health and safety, and our nation making a strong recovery. During my time representing Central New York in Congress, I've always found a way to lead and work across the aisle, and this unprecedented crisis is no different.

I'm proud to be named the 2nd most bipartisan member in all of Congress. This approach to governing has yielded significant results, and I've had 65 bills passed the House with several signed into law to address the issues most important to our community. Throughout the ongoing crisis, I've worked across party lines to deliver PPE, testing, and aid to local hospitals, as well as relief for local businesses and direct economic stimulus payments to families. There is so much more work to get done, to address the COVID 19 pandemic and to move our country and our community forward into an economic recovery.

Extreme partisanship does not work in Washington. We need leaders with a track record of working across the aisle to get things done. I have that record, and I’d be honored and humbled to have your vote on November 3rd.

Election History

Republican incumbent John Katko was first elected to the 24th Congressional seat in 2014, defeating Democrat Dan Maffei. Maffei and Republican Anne Marie Burkle traded the seat several times in past elections since the retirement of long-time Republican Congressman Jim Walsh in 2008.

This year's race is a rematch of 2018 between Katko and Balter. Katko won by 5 percentage points in 2018, a much closer race than expected. And 2020's election is expected to be even closer. A poll released by Sienna College and on Oct. 4 shows Balter with the lead but with a margin of error +/- 5 percentage points, it is virtually a dead heat.

Politico is calling this race a toss-up. It is likely we won't know who won this race until absentee votes have been counted.

Steve Williams will also appear on the ballot for the 24th Congressional seat. After Balter won the Democratic Primary in June 2020, the Working Families Party was going to endorse Balter and move Williams to a judgeship race but that was halted after former Onondaga Republican Chair Tom Dadey took it to court. Williams is on the ballot on the WFP line but is not actively campaigning.

Katko won the vote in 2018 with 52.6% of the vote.
Balter lost the election in 2018 with 47.4% of the vote.