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CNY Democrat drops out of one race for Congress, runs in 24th district instead

One Central New York Democrat has dropped out of one congressional race to become the party’s designee in a nearby district.

Steve Holden of Camillus is now running in New York’s redrawn 24th Congressional District, which stretches from Buffalo to the North Country and includes portions of all eight towns in Cayuga County, according to The Citizen. The move comes after Holden previously vied for the Democratic nomination in the 22nd Congressional District.

Democrats Vanessa Fajans-Turner, Josh Riley, Chol Majok, and Sam Roberts are all candidates for the 22nd district. Each must collect 1,250 valid signatures to be included on the June 28 primary ballot.

As Holden initially circulated his petition for the 22nd district, he was approached by Ontario County Democrats, who asked if he would consider a run in the 24th district instead. Democrats did not previously have a candidate to face off against Republicans in the 24th district. On Sunday, April 3, Holden was informed that the party had agreed to make him the candidate.

U.S. Representative Chris Jacobs (R) is the incumbent in the district. Three other Republicans, Mario Fratto, John Murtari, and Andrew McCarthy, are challenging Jacobs for the nomination.