In other words, Reed is drawing something that Rep.
The others are:
Reed's campaign manager,
"We are confident that our record of accessibility and bipartisan leadership will continue to resonate and earn support from voters on
Sundquist, the latest candidate in the field, is among the more conventional of the bunch. He grew up in
Returning to his hometown, he found the Southern Tier appearing like "the land that time forgot," without the kind of economic growth that's evident in
He said that if he gets elected to
"Time and time again we've seen our representative vote against the interests of his district," Sundquist said of Reed.
The two candidates have vastly different views on health care. Whereas Reed supports the
In addition, Sundquist, who is gay, said, "I'm deeply concerned about the rights of LGBT people and the increased wave of intolerance in this country. We need to step up and oppose it."
Gallant, who announced his candidacy in
A longtime teachers union activist, Gallant has been picking up support from across the district despite having just moved there. For example, the
He said he appreciated the endorsement, adding: "I'm committed to the fight for real change. I will be a strong voice for education and a tireless advocate for the residents of our district."
Meantime, Golden, 40, said on Facebook that his main reason for running for
"I feel that it is virtually impossible for our legislators to listen and work for the people when they choose, or are forced by the system, to spend most of their time pandering for huge sums of money and with it bowing to the wishes of private entities, profit and power," he said.
Golden's social media posts make clear that he would be a strong progressive in
Golden and Hertzler both make "Medicare for all" -- a single-payer health system -- a priority.
And like Golden, Hertzler called the current campaign finance system the biggest problem with politics today.
But Hertzler stands out in other ways. He's the only candidate to play a character from the fearsome Klingon Empire in "Star Trek," and he's the only one to don a straw hat and white suit to portray
Hertzler vowed to make the fight against climate change his key issue in
It's too soon to know which of the four candidates will be able to raise the funds and appeal to enough voters to wage a serious campaign, but Hertzler has one advantage: a worldwide cadre of "Star Trek" fans.
But on his Facebook page, Hertzler warned that his foreign fans might go a bit too far.
"You must be an American citizen to contribute to a political campaign here," he said. "Wish I could bring in the entire Alpha Quadrant but alas ... I cannot. So if you are one of my
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