Democrat Martha Robertson ’75 announced Thursday that she will run to represent the predominantly conservative 23rd congressional district — which is currently being led by Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) — in the 2014 congressional election.
Recently freed from his Congressional campaign responsibilities, Nate Shinagawa ’05 M.A. ’09 went to the gym last week. It was the first time he had been in more than eight months — or since he first declared his candidacy for New York’s 23rd Congressional seat on March 14.
In a hard-fought election decided by a margin smaller than any poll had predicted, incumbent Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y. 29) edged out Democratic challenger Nate Shinagawa ’05 M.A. ’09, clinching 51 percent of the vote and winning the race for New York’s 23rd Congressional District.
In a spirited, substantive debate held Thursday morning, rivals in the local Congressional race fought to claim the mantle of bipartisanship while deriding their opponent as an extremist removed from the political mainstream.