23rd District candidates square off
It's a race that's garnered national attention. New York's new 23rd Congressional district has some stiff competition. Today, three Democratic candidates will face off in the primaries, hoping for a shot at incumbent Republican Tom Reed's seat. YNN's Tamara Lindstrom takes a look at the race.
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NEW YORK STATE -- Three candidates square off in the 23rd District's Democratic primaries today.
Attorney Melissa Dobson...
"I have experience working with businesses, startup companies and I know I can grow businesses and job opportunities throughout the Southern Tier. And we need to look at better solutions, getting an intelligible conversations going and negotiating across party lines."
Attorney Leslie Danks-Burke...
"My top priority is focusing on jobs and the economy. And that's what I hear the top priority is across this district for everyone that I've spoken with. We really need to make sure that this emergence from the recession that is just starting here in the Southern Tier can continue."
And County Legislator and former health care administrator Nate Shinagawa…
"For the past six years, I've fought for working and middle class families, fought to keep our environment safe and clean. I've also worked to make health care more affordable and accessible and I've continuously been a fighter for senior citizens."
Although they may be adversaries this week, one thing all three candidates agreed on is they will support whoever takes home the Democratic primary.
"I will support the Democratic candidate that wins," Shinagawa said. "I think that's very important for party unity and I would expect the same of any of my opponents, too."
"We need to pay attention to getting a Democratic seat back at the table, and we need to pick a candidate who can go toe to toe with Tea Party Republican Tom Reed," said Danks-Burke.
A challenge one of these three candidates will take on after the polls close tonight.
To learn more about each of these candidates, head to their websites: