Dana Balter, Democratic Congressional candidate for New York’s 24th District, released the following statement.
“It is important that every single ballot be counted and every voter’s voice heard. I thank all those at the boards of elections for their professionalism and want to reiterate that they need to be given the time and space to finish their work.
The current absentee ballot count makes it clear that our campaign does not have a path forward. Today, I congratulate Congressman Katko on his victory and hope that in his next term, he will advocate for policies that will help working families in this district. As I’ve said since the beginning of my campaign, central and western New Yorkers deserve affordable and accessible healthcare, an economy that works for working people, and a political system free from the influence of big money.
Our campaign was guided by one simple principle: that everyone deserves a fair shot at success. To the countless people who so selflessly dedicated their time and energy in support of this message — thank you. I have learned so much from each of you, and am grateful for the still-growing community we’ve built together.
To the people across the district who shared with me your personal stories — thank you. Your stories motivated me every single day on this campaign, and inspire me to keep pushing for progress.
I entered this race because working families in central and western New York needed a champion to fight for them. We still do. Although I won’t be representing you in Congress next term, I hope you’ll join me in remaining committed to this mission, because the stakes are far too high to sit this fight out.”