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Seneca Falls congressional candidate forum to host Steven Holden and Max Della Pia this Sunday

Voters will have the opportunity to speak with and ask questions to Democrats Steven Holden and Max Della Pia about issues including healthcare, climate change, jobs, inflation, gun violence, abortion rights, and more at the Seneca Falls congressional candidate forum held this Sunday, June 12 from 2-4 p.m.

Voters in Seneca Falls will have to choose a representative for Congress two times in the next six months as a special election is needed ahead of the August primary to fill Rep. Tom Reed’s vacant seat.

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Della Pia and Holden running in separate elections

Della Pia is the Democratic candidate running in the special election in August to replace Tom Reed in NY’s 23rd congressional district.

Della Pia previously ran for Congress in 2018. If elected, he will serve the remainder of Reed’s term till January 2023.

Holden is the democratic candidate running in the November 8 election to represent the newly formed 24th congressional district.  Holden is an army veteran and professional financial manager residing in Camillus.

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Forum organizers admit separate elections are confusing

One of the forum organizers, Rachel Weil, explained why having two elections with two different candidates is confusing.

“Seneca Falls and Seneca County were in the past part of the NY-23 congressional district, which Tom Reed represented before his resignation. Now, after redistricting, Seneca County is part of the newly formed NY-24 congressional district. So, we vote in two elections, one special election in our old district  (NY-23) to replace Reed and one midterm election in our new district (NY-24) to choose someone who will then serve a two-year term.”

Weil mentioned anyone, regardless of party registration, is welcome to attend the forum and ask questions about issues that matter to them. These include anything from healthcare, climate change, jobs, inflation, the opioid epidemic, voting rights, gun violence, the war in Ukraine, abortion rights, and protecting veterans and the elderly.

The forum will be held on Sunday, June 12 from 2-4 p.m. at the Seneca Falls Community Center on 35 Water Street. The event sponsored by Blue Seneca and the Seneca County Democratic Committee is free and open to the public. 

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