CORNING – Congressman Tom Reed is back on three party lines for the November election. The congressman from Corning will be on the Independence Party line after the state Supreme Court ruled last week that Reed collected enough signatures. Reed — who previously claimed Ithaca Democrats were behind the challenges — had 39 signatures invalidated by the state Board of Elections on May 3. With 39 invalid signatures, Reed was left with 752 valid signatures, 12 shy of the required number. But in his ruling issued last week, Judge Joseph Latham validated 19 of the previously dismissed signatures. He also noted, though, that the court was unable to determine whether the 19 signatures had previously been validated by the state BOE.
Reed, who is finishing his first term in Congress, is running in the newly created 23rd congressional district, which now includes Chautauqua County. He will also be on the Republican and Conservative party lines. His challenger is Democrat Nate Shinagawa of Ithaca. In addition to winning the democratic primary on Tuesday, Shinagawa has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. The general November election is scheduled for Nov. 6.