SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) The race for New York’s 24th District Congressional seat in 2020 has officially begun.
The District covers much of Central New York including all of Cayuga, Onondaga, and Wayne counties, and the western part of Oswego County.
Two Democrats have already declared their candidacy for the seat currently held by three term Republican John Katko.
Katko beat challenger Dana Balter by about five percentage points in November of 2018.
With that race only a few months behind both Democrats who’ve already jumped into the next race say it’s important for them to do it now.
Roger Misso, says, “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.”
Francis Conole says, “I see this as an opportunity to get out there, meet with people, to meet with voters, to hear voters, to hear the challenges that they confront.”
Conole is fourth generation from Syracuse. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and is an Iraq War veteran.
Conole has worked the past three years for the Secretary of Defense.
“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 tells NewsChannel 9.
Misso is also a US Naval Academy graduate and post 9/11 vet who’s served in the Middle East.
He grew up in Red Creek on the border of Wayne and Cayuga counties.
Misso tells NewsChannel 9 jobs and the economy are key issues for him in the race.
“Jobs that our kids when they grow up they want to come back here or stay here to take, things that can provide for families, so that’s one thing. Health care is also another thing near and dear to my heart, my mom has multiple sclerosis.” 12:35 I don’t believe anybody should go backrupt because they can’t pay their medical bills, that’s the core of who I am as a human being and that’s something I want to fight for. And the other thing is our rural communities are overlooked,” he says.
Dana Balter, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Congress, will make a special announcement on Tuesday evening regarding her plans for 2020.