Mitrano receives endorsement, straw poll win

PENN YAN — Democratic candidate running for Congress in NY-23 Tracy Mitrano received the endorsement of the Chair of the Tioga County Democratic Committee, Diane Lechner, recently.

Lechner, who has been the Tioga Chair since 2014, released the following statement in support of Mitrano:

“Today, I am pleased to announce my endorsement for Tracy Mitrano for Congress in the Democratic primary for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. I have tremendous respect for the hard work and determination demonstrated by all the primary candidates so far in this race, but I believe that Tracy is unique in her ability to connect with voters and articulate her vision for the district. We need a representative in Congress who appreciates the difficult choices middle- class families have had to make due to stagnant wages and underemployment … who understands national security issues, especially as they relate to US cyber-security … and who acknowledges that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Tracy Mitrano is the candidate who is most able to take Tom Reed to task on these issues and that’s why she has earned my support.”

In response, Mitrano expressed gratitude for the endorsement, stating that Lechner “is known for her hard work, commitment to her community, and her dedication to getting responsible Democratic candidates elected into office.”

Separately, on Monday night Mitrano won a straw poll conducted by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee (TCDC), receiving a clear majority with 87 of the 153 votes. Only TCDC members were allowed to vote in this poll, whereas the straw poll the committee hosted last month was open to the public; Mitrano also won the public poll in a landslide.