Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of these New York Democrats running for Congress:
I first ran for Congress in 2006 in a long-shot bid to flip a 2-1 Republican district. I was very much the underdog—just about the only person who believed I could win was my mom. But, with my then two-year-old son Theo in tow, I won that race. And I did it by bringing commonsense ideas to the table, like congressional ethics reform, ending the war in Iraq, and Medicare for All.
Today, I want to talk to you about the next generation of New York women who are going to break barriers, defy expectations, and expand our House majority by flipping red seats right here in our home state: Dana Balter (NY-24), Tedra Cobb (NY-21), Jackie Gordon (NY-02), Nancy Goroff (NY-01), and Tracy Mitrano (NY-23).
I’m also going to ask you to support their campaigns: If you’re ready to send more New Yorkers who reflect our values to Congress, please split a contribution between Dana, Tedra, Jackie, Nancy and Tracy today.
Each of these women brings a unique set of experiences, skills and passions to the table. This list boasts a combat veteran, a scientist, a cybersecurity expert, a volunteer firefighter, and multiple educators. But they need our help to win.
- Dana Balter knows what it’s like to work through tough challenges; she worked her way through college as a waitress, has advocated for her brother with disabilities, and almost went bankrupt due to medical costs. She’s fought the tough fights.
- This race is rated “Lean Republican” by the non-partisan Cook Political Report. NY-24 is one of just THREE remaining districts that voted for Secretary Clinton in 2016 held by a Republican incumbent. This is a race we can win.
- Tedra Cobb is running to unseat Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik—you might remember her performance during the House impeachment hearings, where she was willing to defend Trump, no matter what. This race is shaping up to be the most expensive in the district’s history.
- A 30-year resident of the North Country, Tedra is committed to expanding access to quality affordable health care, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and protecting the environment.
- Jackie was born in Jamaica, and her family came to the United States when she was just seven years old. Jackie is a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and spent nearly three decades working in New York public schools.
- This race is rated a pure toss-up by Cook Political Report. Jackie can absolutely win this race, but she needs our help to get it done.
- Nancy would be the first woman with a Ph.D. in science ever to serve in Congress, at a time when we need our representatives to trust and believe in science more than ever.
- She’s taking on one of Trump's most trusted allies in the House this November in New York’s first congressional district. NY-01 voted twice for President Obama before pivoting to Trump in 2016—which makes this seat one of the most flippable in the state.
- Tracy has worked in education for most of her career: She taught American history, family and social policy, and internet law before becoming Director of Information Technology Policy at Cornell University. If elected, Tracy would be the only cybersecurity expert in Congress.
- Tracy’s running against a Republican incumbent who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and who votes with Trump over 90% of the time. With Joe Biden at the top of the ticket, this is a seat we can flip—and it’s worth your investment.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know each of these phenomenal candidates. Please, split a contribution between their campaigns today to flip these seats blue and send more New York women to Washington.