GENEVA -- The field for Democrats seeking to take on Republican Congressman Tom Reed in November is growing. Finger Lakes voters will get an early look at the field in a special event on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Smith Opera House. Candidates will make presentations on their desire to take on Reed.
Reed's 23rd district has been gerrymandered to favor a Republican, but the opposition to Reed has been growing as national issues supported by Reed, in some views, have been running counter to the interests of the majority of 23rd district residents. The recent federal tax cut legislation, which Reed supported, eliminated deductions for state and local taxes, arguably reducing the value of every home in his district by 20 percent or more. Reed has also voiced continued support for President Donald Trump amid declining support for the president across the U.S.
Democrats have had difficult times countering the Republican-leaning rural sections of the 23rd, which stretches along the Pennsylvania border and includes Geneva, Ithaca and much of the Southern Tier. Some analysts believe Reed's votes in supporting the Trump agenda may make him vulnerable this year.
The event is scheduld for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith Opera House on Seneca Street in Geneva.