Syracuse, N.Y. - Central New York Democrats stuck with Dana Balter to face John Katko this November.
Balter had secured the endorsements from the rank-and-file in all four counties in the 24th Congressional District, when former Syracuse mayoral candidate Juanita Perez Williams was recruited by the Democratic Party at the national level to challenge Katko. Perez Williams waged a last minute effort to secure petition signatures to force a primary, and barely had enough to secure a position on the ballot.
Balter is a Syracuse University professor. She rose to prominence as an organizer with CNY Solidarity Coalition, a left-wing group of activists that came together in the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election. Among the coalition's prime objectives is to oppose President Trump's policies.
Balter will take on two-time Republican incumbent John Katko in the November General Election. Democrats are hopeful that upset over the President's policies will lead to a democratic majority in the House and could even tip the Senate in their favor. President Trump predicted last week that there would be a "red wave".