Dana Balter

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The House of Representatives is expected to vote on an immigration bill next week, meant to be a compromise among Republicans. Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) worked on the bill. This comes after a more conservative immigration bill failed in the House Thursday. 

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The congressional midterm elections this November may be the most important midterm in a generation, and even the primaries are generating national attention. One of those primaries is in central New York, where two Democrats are running to unseat Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. This week, Grant Reeher moderates an informal debate with Dana Balter and Juanita Perez Williams. 

Democrats Dana Balter, and Juanita Perez Williams will face off in a June 26 primary, with the winner moving on to face Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. The two share a number of things in common, but there are also differences between them. Those differences came out during a conversation with Grant Reeher for this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations. 

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Primary Day is less than two weeks away for two women who want to be the Democratic candidate in the race for the central New York congressional seat currently held by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus). As their campaigns sprint toward the finish line, they face one factor beyond their control: the calendar. 

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Concern about access to health care is an issue that both candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 24th Congressional District are concentrating on as the June 26 primary date approaches.

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Designated Democratic candidate for the 24th Congressional District Dana Balter has brought abortion into the conversation as a June Democratic primary looms. Balter is questioning Juanita Perez Williams, her Democratic opponent, on the issue. Perez Williams’ participation in the “March for Life” two years ago, according to published reports, is what Balter is concerned about.

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New York's 24th Congressional District, currently represented by Republican John Katko, now has two Democratic candidates vying to challenge him in November. Dana Balter, who was designated by the Onondaga, Cayuga and Oswego county democratic committees, and Juanita Perez Williams, who entered the race at a fairly late stage. 

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The New York State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that congressional candidate Juanita Perez Williams has enough petition signatures to appear on the June primary ballot. That clears the way for a primary for the Democratic nomination in the 24th Congressional District between Perez Williams and Dana Balter, who was chosen by Democrats in Onondaga, Cayuga and Oswego counties. 

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Hearing officers with the New York State Board of Elections have ruled that Democratic congressional candidate Juanita Perez Williams has enough signatures, by a slim margin, to be on the primary ballot. This comes after more than half of the signatures collected by Perez Williams in the 24th congressional district race were invalidated by the board of elections.

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Onondaga County Democratic Committee member Diane Dwire made a general objection last week to the petitions collected by Democrat Juanita Perez Williams in the race for the 24th congressional district.

Perez Williams is challenging the designated Democratic candidate Dana Balter, after entering the race less the two weeks before the petitions were due.

Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny said it is typical that campaigns will file general objections to their opponents' petitions, but it is difficult to get someone knocked off the ballot.

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Volunteers for former Syracuse mayoral candidate Juanita Perez Williams are scouring the 24th Congressional District this week in an attempt to get enough petition signatures to get her name on the June primary ballot in the race for Congress. 

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Former Syracuse mayoral candidate Juanita Perez Williams is reportedly collecting signatures to run for the central New York congressional seat currently held by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus). The Democratic committees in Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga and Wayne counties have already endorsed Syracuse University professor Dana Balter as their candidate, so Perez Williams would have to face her in a June primary.

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This November's Congressional elections may be the most important midterms in a generation. This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks to Dana Balter, the Democratic Party's endorsed candidate to challenge Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) for central New York's 24th Congressional District seat. They discuss her campaign, her policy positions, and her case against Katko.

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Democratic officials in the 24th Congressional District have endorsed Syracuse University professor Dana Balter to take on Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) this fall. Unseating the two-term congressman will be an uphill climb, according to Grant Reeher, a political science professor at SU and host of WRVO's Campbell Conversations.

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Two Democrats running in the 24th Congressional District are dropping out after Syracuse University professor Dana Balter secured endorsements from all four of the district's county Democratic committees, but one candidate is pledging to stay in the race.

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Over the weekend, the Onondaga County Democratic Committee chose Syracuse University professor Dana Balter as their congressional candidate in the 24th District.

Balter won overwhelmingly with 73 percent of the vote. She also carried the designation for Oswego, Cayuga and Wayne counties earlier this month. The district seat is currently held by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), who has an advantage of about $1 million over Balter in fundraising. Balter said she will not accept money from corporate PACs and she said she is interested in small dollar donations.

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Three of the four Democratic county committees in the 24th Congressional District are throwing their support behind Dana Balter in her bid to unseat Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) this fall. Balter, a Syracuse University professor, is one of four candidates seeking the Democratic ticket.

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Four Democratic candidates seeking their party's designation in the 24th Congressional District race participated in a forum in the town of Manlius Tuesday. The district is represented by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and covers all of Onondaga, Cayuga and Wayne counties and the western part of Oswego County.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Thursday that she will not run for Congress in 2018. 

Miner's name has come up a number of times as a possible Democratic challenger to Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) for the 24th Congressional District seat. But in a statement, Miner says she will not run. 

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Another Democrat has announced she will seek the party’s nomination to run against Rep. John Katko's (R-Camillus) 24th Congressional District seat next year. Dana Balter, a Syracuse University professor, said she was compelled to run after the results of the 2016 election. Balter said she feels like the country, its people and its values are all being threatened in the wake of last year’s election.