Dana Balter first in the 24th District to be designated a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action

Syracuse, N.Y. – The nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization has designated Dana Balter a “Gun Sense Candidate” in her run for Congress in the Central New York’s 24th District.

“Most gun owners are responsible, and we know there are common sense safety measures that we can put in place that the vast majority of Americans agree on — things like universal background checks,” Dana said. “We should be past debate on these issues.”

Since its inception after the killings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state. The group is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters.

“We’re proud to have Dana Balter as a Gun Sense Candidate in our local race for the 24th Congressional District,” said Kevin McClave, Syracuse Chapter Co-Lead, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We envision a day when every candidate, regardless of party, will have the foresight and common sense to address the public health crisis that is gun violence in America.”

The designation by Moms Demand Action adds to growing national recognition of Balter’s grassroots campaign. Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, two leading organizations supporting progressive candidates nationwide, endorsed Dana’s campaign to represent the 24th Congressional District just last week.

“We elect representatives to make law and we need them to make law that will keep our kids safe,” Balter said. “The time for thoughts and prayers is long past. It’s time for action.”

Balter has been endorsed by the Democratic committees in all four counties in the 24th district, plus the Working Families Party and Women’s Equality Party.