The Cattaraugus County Democratic Party Committee will meet Saturday with four 23rd Congressional District candidates before deciding whom they will endorse.
Last Saturday, Chautauqua County Democrats endorsed Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist in the Democratic primary to select a candidate to run against Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, in November.
Sundquist, who won a majority of the votes on the fourth ballot, said, “I am humbled to accept the endorsement of the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee. With this victory, I look forward to unifying the party behind my campaign and moving this race forward to take on Tom Reed in November.”
He added: “I know what it is like to live in a county that is constantly left behind by Tom Reed. I am committed to making sure every voice in every county is heard across the New York 23rd Congressional district.”
There are seven Democrats remaining in the primary since Karl Warrington of Ontario County dropped out Jan. 7 and endorsed Tracy Mitrano of Yates County.
Mitrano, who placed second to Sundquist in the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee voting, congratulated Sundquist.
“Coming in close second against a hometown candidate was a great success for our campaign and evidence that we are gaining ground in the district,” she said. “I look forward to continuing to work across all the counties in NY-23 to take this campaign to a successful primary and to defeat Tom Reed in the general election.”
Only four of the remaining candidates have been invited to speak to Cattaraugus County democrats Saturday: Sundquist, Mitrano, Ian Golden of Ithaca and Max Della Pia, a retired Air Force officer, congressional aide and attorney from Tioga County. Della Pia placed third in the Chautauqua County voting.
Cattaraugus County Democratic Party Chairman Frank Puglisi said Saturday’s committee meeting will only hear from who they consider to be the top four candidates, as they’ve been meeting with candidates since April of 2017.
“The committee is very excited about this endorsement opportunity,” Puglisi said. “We need to narrow the field of candidates.”
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