Perennial candidate Tracy Mitrano J.D. ’95 — who announced her 2020 bid to unseat incumbent Congressman Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) just eight days after her loss in 2018 — continues to receive coverage in this newspaper suggesting that Mitrano can and deserves to win this November. Its readership is left to wonder why The Sun believes so ardently in Mitrano’s virtues as a candidate and as a potential representative. In the latest reported piece on the coming election, Mitrano explains her viability in this cycle by citing the fact that in 2018, she had the disadvantage of having Governor Andrew Cuomo on the ballot. Mitrano goes on to insist that her campaign was plagued with “close to the ceiling of Republican turnout” in 2018. If Mitrano is counting on lower rather than higher turnout in a presidential election year when a Republican incumbent is on the ballot, she can expect to be sorely disappointed.
Mitrano has raised around $444,200 so far in the campaign, which includes the $70,000 from the media refunds in 2018, according to Mark Pruce, Mitrano’s campaign manager. The amount that they have on hand is around $183,000.
After a disappointing loss in the midterm election last year to four-time incumbent Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) for New York’s 23rd Congressional District seat, Tracy Mitrano J.D. ’95 is back and ready to launch a second attempt to win the district. “I’m running again because I love this region. I love the beauty of the land and of the passion, power, and resiliency of the people,” Mitrano said in a statement to The Sun. Mitrano, a graduate of Cornell Law School, has been buoyed by widespread Democratic Party support. She has already achieved the endorsements of several county committees, as reported by the Ithaca Journal, making a primary challenger less likely.
On November 6, voters across New York’s 23rd congressional district will decide whether longtime representative Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) or Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano J.D. ’95 will represent them in Congress.
This week’s midterm elections will be among the most consequential in recent memory. At stake is nothing less than the direction of our democracy and our nation. The past two years have not been easy for many Americans — the Trump administration has embarked on a substantial rollback of rights and protections for women, immigrants, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and more. Congress tried repeatedly (though unsuccessfully) to repeal the lifesaving Affordable Care Act, and succeeded in passing in passing a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of working people. And a growing but still fragile economy finds itself at the mercy of a capricious administration’s trade policy.