Syracuse, NY – Today, United States Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced his endorsement of Dana Balter, Democratic nominee for Congress in New York’s 24th district. A champion of working families, Leader Schumer has fought to protect Social Security and Medicare, encouraged job-creating infrastructure projects, and authored a permanent tax credit to offset the rising costs of college tuition. Leader Schumer began his political career as a congressman for New York’s 9th Congressional District and was elected to the United States Senate in 1998. A former Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference, he now serves as Leader of the Democratic Caucus, a position he has held since 2016.
“The people of New York’s 24th district deserve a representative that will fight for them, and Dana Balter has proven that she’s the best person for the job,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. “As an educator, community organizer, and lifelong advocate for people with disabilities, Dana is exactly the type of person we need in Congress. She’s focused on the issues critical to central and western New Yorkers — like affordable healthcare, cheaper prescription drug prices, and a $15 minimum wage — and will be a strong partner in helping New Yorkers recover from the economic fallout of COVID-19. I’m proud to support her and look forward to working with her in Congress.”
“I am honored to have Senator Schumer’s endorsement,” said Dana Balter. “He has been a tireless advocate for the people of New York, and has delivered countless victories for individuals and families across our state. As the leading sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act and the Brady Bill, he has provided critical leadership on the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and gun violence. I look forward to working alongside him in Congress to address these important issues and deliver real economic relief for the people in the 24th district.”
Leader Schumer’s fellow New York Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, endorsed Balter in July.
Balter kicked off August in a strong position. The latest polling in the race shows Balter leading Katko 48% to 45% and last month, the Washington Post listed NY-24 as one of the top 10 races most likely to flip in November. Last week, President Barack Obama announced that Balter was among his first endorsements of the 2020 cycle. On Thursday, Roll Call added Congressman John Katko to its list of the 10 most vulnerable House members, ranking Katko as the second most vulnerable House Republican. On Friday, Inside Elections and Roll Call shifted New York’s 24th District from ‘Lean Republican’ to ‘Tilt Republican.’
Dana is a lifelong educator, receiving her first paycheck at the age of twelve for teaching at Sunday school. Early in her career, she was a teacher and director of education at a disability services nonprofit and recently taught at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Dana Balter was the 2018 Democratic nominee for Congress in NY-24, where her campaign smashed fundraising records and came closer than any Democrat ever has to defeating John Katko.