NY-23RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – Today is the Democratic Congressional Primary in which party members will select one candidate to try to unseat GOP incumbent Rep. Tom Reed in November.
The five vying for the party nomination are Linda Andrei, Ian Golden, Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia and Eddie Sundquist. Polls open at noon and close at 9 p.m.
Linda Andrei is a retired cardiologist from Ithaca. She has proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, making higher education free and accessible, and closing alleged gun sale loopholes and universal background checks.
Andrei has said she supports a single-payer healthcare system.
Ian Golden is a former occupational therapist and small business owner from Ithaca. Golden has said he supports a federal jobs guarantee, ending partisan gerrymandering, investing in broadband and reducing education costs. He also backs Medicare for all and the Affordable Care Act.
In public forums Golden has said that he decided to run for office after seeing the issues and corruption in Congress.
Tracy Mitrano is a retired university administrator at the University of Massachusetts, lawyer and cyber security specialist.
Mitrano has said she supports a fair minimum wage, net neutrality, reining in prescription drug costs and interest-free loans for higher education and vocational training. Mitrano supports a single-payer healthcare system, stabilizing the Affordable Care Act and lowering the Medicare age.
Max Della Pia, from Owego, is a retired Air Force brigadier general, and attorney.
Della Pia supports simplifying small business taxes, increasing the federal minimum wage, eliminating delays to veterans seeking services and supports Medicare and Medicaid.
Eddie Sundquist is a former teacher and an attorney with offices in Olean and Jamestown. He supports legislation that would tax overseas business profits to fund healthcare in America.
Sundquist supports expanding broadband access, free community college for everyone and free four-year schools for those who qualify, universal healthcare paid for by corporate taxes and creating a national infrastructure reinvestment bank.
The 23rd district includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins and Chemung counties and parts of Ontario and Tioga counties.