With less than a week before Election Day, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress Tracy Mitrano released polling data indicating that she was in a “statistical tie” with the incumbent, Republican Tom Reed.

A Change Research poll found that 44.5 percent of voters were leaning towards voting for Reed, 42.7 percent said Mitrano, with 12.9 percent undecided, and a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Mitrano, a resident of Yates County who grew up working in her father’s restaurant in Rochester, is an educator, lawyer, and cybersecurity expert. She is the first person in her family to go to college, graduating with a B.A. from the University of Rochester, an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Binghamton University, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. 

Reed, born in Illinois and a resident of Corning, is a lawyer specializing in real estate, medical billing collection, and mortgage brokerage. The youngest of 12 children, he graduated from Alfred University in 1993 and from Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1996. He began as a corporate lawyer in Rochester, moving back to Corning in 1999, where he opened his own practice. He served as Mayor of Corning for one term from 2008-2009. He was first elected to Congress in 2010, and has served on the House Judiciary, Transportation, Rules, and Ways & Means Committees.

Mitrano has made a strong showing against four-time incumbent Reed. She is the first Democrat candidate here to raise over $1 million in campaign funds with 98 percent of that in individual contributions (see graph). Reed has raised over $3.3 million, with $1.8 million from Political Action Committees (PACs)

In Yates County, Mitrano last appeared at a town hall meeting in Benton Oct. 14 attended by over 90. There she detailed her platform of a district-wide plan for job growth spurred by lower healthcare costs, improved public education, low-interest for more access to higher education, a working system for immigration and temporary workers, and federal leadership in infrastructure repair and improvement, including high speed internet for all the district.

Reed last appeared in Yates County two days later, stopping at the Penn Yan Elks Club Oct. 16 for the 100th anniversary celebration for the Farm Bureau, and presented a congressional proclamation to Farm Bureau President Larry Lewis. In his remarks, he praised the Trump administration for the recent renegotiation of trade agreements with Mexico and Canada. He also stated he expected they would be “taking on the big Kahuna next,” referring to China. Reed was only able to stay a few minutes in Penn Yan as he was due at an event in Chemung County the same evening.

Reed is co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus of the House of Representatives.