Dana Balter Plans Campaign Strategy For 2020 Elections Dana Balter Plans Campaign Strategy For 2020 Elections

Dana Balter is challenging Representative John Katko.

While all the media attention for the 2020 elections is focused on the presidential race, back here in central New York, Dana Balter is gearing up for a rematch against a two-term congressmember. NCC News’ Thomas Shults discovered what motivates Balter.


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Democrats Pat Sentoff, Dustin Czarney, and Sandy Smith are excited about Dana Balter’s commitment to another campaign. And it seems like Balter is ready for another run too.


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But it’s still early, so Balter is focused on growing her base. A good way to do that is through democratic party rallies.


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And another key component of campaigns, is to voice opinions of the opposing candidate.

(” So many people have seen the damaging results of the tax bill that John Katko helped pass last year. And I hear from lots of folks who say things like, “We just did our taxes and our tax bill went up by two thousand dollars this year, and I don’t know where that money is coming from.”>

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John Katko’s office did not respond to our interview requests. But according to Syracuse University political science professor Shana Gadarian, Balter is hitting on all the right topics.


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But Balter is different than other candidates. And it’s not because she’s hard hitting on policy. It’s because she literally hit her head… and sufferred a severe concussion… more than a decade ago. And that injury took her years to recover from.

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And with so many symptoms, Balter had to visit a variety of doctors


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The experience also opened her eyes to the struggles of a lot of Americans.


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And Balter soon realized a problem with some politicians.


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But running for office wasn’t her only priority. Balter also wanted higher voter turnout and civic engagement, a goal that began with friend Sandy Smith at CNY Solidarity.


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Then a few months ago, Balter began a non-partisan non-profit called Enter the Public Square which focuses on civic engagement.


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It seems one way or another, Balter plans on making her voice heard, and maintaining a strong presence in central New York. Thomas Shults NCC News

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — Nationally, Americans are turning their attention to the 2020 presidential election. Locally, Central New Yorkers are looking towards the 2019 elections. But Dana Balter, who lost to Congressmember John Katko in 2018, has her eyes set again on the 24th congressional seat.

In a former conservative stronghold, Balter came just five percentage points away from defeating Katko, who won his third consecutive term. According to Balter, that was the closest any candidate had come to defeating Katko.

Balter said this time she has started her campaign earlier and more people across the district know her.  Balter said, if elected, she would work to lower taxes for the middle class and grow jobs in Central New York.

“Your job is to represent the people, and that means you need to do what’s in their best interest,” Balter said. “Part of your job as a representative is to learn as much as you can about the issue, and figure out what’ going to work the best. But then you have to communicate that with your constituents.

John Katko’s office did not respond to requests for an interview about the 2020 race.

According to Balter campaign manager Joe Farrell, one of the best ways for the public to learn about candidates is through community events.

“It’s really important for Dana to be out in the district talking to people,” said Farrell. “Last weekend she did an Earth Day cleanup and a workers’ memorial day event.”

Syracuse University professor Shana Gadarian said, “A lot of what elections are about is not about changing public opinion. It’s about mobilizing those people who supported her last time.”

By starting campaigning so  early and appearing at Democratic events for 2019 elections, Balter said she hopes to rally potential voters to cast a vote for her in 2020.

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Thomas Shults

Broadcast Digital Journalism major at Syracuse University.

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