A handful of debates have been scheduled for the New York 23rd Congressional District general election between incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and Democrat Tracy Mitrano.
The debate schedule thus far will be the following:
• Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Jamestown, sponsored by the Jamestown Post-Journal and the Dunkirk Observer.
• Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Corning, televised and sponsored by WETM-TV.
• Thursday, Nov. 1 in Olean, sponsored by the Olean Times Herald.
Campaigns for both candidates said the two are ready and excited for the chance to share their record and spar with their opponent regarding matters of importance to the district.
“We’re proud of our strong record of successfully solving thousands of individual constituent problems, helping families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks, and listening to their concerns,” said Abbey Daugherty, communications director for Tom Reed for Congress, in a statement. “We have done three debates in previous cycles and are glad to do so again. We look forward to sharing our record and contrasting Tom's common-sense views with our opponent’s extreme agenda.”
“I am so pleased to accept all of the invitations to debate that have been received by the campaign so far,” said Mitrano in a statement. “I entered this race because I have a vision for this community - one that I am eager to share with our voters. It’s been an honor to discuss the issues with engaged and concerned citizens across the district, and I look forward to debating Tom Reed about the issues that matter to constituents here in Western New York and the Southern Tier.
Mitrano’s office said in a statement Thursday that Reed has not responded to debate requests from the League of Women Voters of Geneva, the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County, the League of Women Voters of Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties.
According to Reed’s campaign Friday, the League of Women Voters was invited to participate in the Olean debate and the Cattaraugus and Allegany chapters plan to participate, while the Chautauqua chapter does not.