October 23, 2021

Cybersecurity expert takes on incumbent in 23rd

A Penn Yan woman with experience as a cybersecurity consultant and higher education information technology work will take on an incumbent with bipartisanship experience in the Problem Solvers Caucus for the 23rd Congressional District seat in November.

Democrat Tracy Mitrano, who lost to Tom Reed (R-Corning) in 2018, is taking another shot at the seat, challenging the 10-year incumbent.

The district consists of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins and Chemung counties and parts of Ontario and Tioga counties.

Republicans outnumber Democrats, 163,670 to 142,478, state Board of Elections data show.

The district has 436,575 active voters.

Republican: Tom Reed

Reed has been committed to working out issues like health care, reforming immigration and investing in infrastructure as co-chairman of the Problem Solvers Caucus and will continue that work, said Matt Coker, a senior adviser for Reed’s campaign.

“Because we listen more than we talk, we know that hard-working families in New York and across the country care not only about their health but also their careers,” Coker said. “Tom’s approach is inclusive. He believes that if we work together, our best days still lie ahead of us.”

Reed’s top agenda items:

  • Create a sensible plan for containing the spread of COVID-19 while allowing employees to return to work.
  • Support local businesses.
  • Create incentives to research cures for COVID and others, to allow for more, affordable options.
  • Allow companies to innovate how they deal with waste.
  • Support law enforcement.

“Tom is a problem solver,” Coker said. “We are confident that voters will choose Tom to be their voice,” he said.

Democrat: Tracy Mitrano

Mitrano’s campaign for the seat began almost exactly three years ago after she felt Reed wasn’t doing enough for the district, she said.

While she lost the election to Reed in 2018, the Penn Yan resident said she would run again in 2020.

“While I was relatively disappointed, I wasn’t entirely surprised,” she said.

Mitrano has previously worked as a lawyer before becoming the Director of Information Technology Policy at Cornell University in 2014 and two years later, she created a cybersecurity certificate program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Mitrano’s campaign agenda:

  • Work to make health care more affordable and efficient.
  • Target inequalities in public schools.
  • Work to make higher education more affordable.

“I want to create the conditions that will make this place attractive to invest and get us back on track that we can be proud of,” she said.

Mitrano hopes that she can have at least five debates with Reed across the district.

“If nothing else, give the new girl a chance,” she said. “It’s got to be better than what we’ve had.”