The local campaign to elect John Plumb to the 23rd New York congressional district starts today, and the candidate will be in town to greet supporters and answer questions.
The fourth-generation Western New Yorker and U.S. Navy veteran is looking to unseat incumbent Tom Reed, who defeated Nate Shinagawa and Martha Robertson in the last two congressional elections.
“Across our district, I’ve heard from too many families who feel Washington just isn’t listening to the rural communities of Western New York, the Southern Tier, and the Finger Lakes region – and they are right,” says a Plumb campaign statement. “Year after year, our middle class and working families find it harder and harder to get ahead, and our small cities and towns feel increasingly left behind.”
Plum was named in February as a candidate in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Emerging Races” program, an effort to support strong Democratic candidates running for open seats or running “in districts held by Republicans that the DCCC hopes to flip.”
Reed has openly supported Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Plumb says, “The 23rd district deserves a representative to Congress with the courage to put our region and our country before politics.”
The DCCC says candidates in their “Red to Blue” and “Emerging Races” programs will receive “financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support,” and their inclusion in the program helps expose them to supporters who can “help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.”
Organizers are asking anyone interested in attending the campaign kickoff meeting to RSVP. The gathering is from 6-8pm on Wednesday, April 20 in the BorgWarner West community room at the Tompkins County Public Library in Downtown Ithaca.