RANDOLPH, NY – While the 2015 election is still more than three-and-a-half months away, one area resident is already turning his sites on the 2016 general election.
Democrat John Plumb has announced his intention to run for Congress for New York’s 23rd District.
In a media release announcing his candidacy, Plumb describes himself as a fourth-generation Western New Yorker and Naval Reserve Commander who was born in Jamestown and raised in Randolph. He’s spent the last two decades working as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and later as a Department of Defense official and a staff member on the National Security Council.
Plumb said he’s heard from too many families who feel Washington just isn’t listening to the rural communities of Western New York – saying that year after year, our middle class and working families find it harder and harder to get ahead.
The 23rd district is currently held by Republican Tom Reed of Corning. Reed has not yet officially announced his intention to run for reelection, although it is widely believed he will seek fourth term in office. No other democrats have yet to come forward to announce their intention to run.
Since the 23rd Congressional District was drawn in 2012, Reed, who was elected in 2010 and had previously represented the former 29th Congressional District, has won reelection twice. In 2012 he defeated Democratic challenger Nate Shinagawa and in 2014 he defeated Democratic challenger Martha Robertson. Both challengers were based out of Tompkins County.
The 23rd Congressional District includes Chautauqua County and stretches across the Southern Tier all the way to Ithaca in Tompkins County.
For more information on John Plumb’s candidacy, visit www.johnplumbforcongress.com.