The 11 county Republican chairmen in the 23rd Congressional District have endorsed U.S. Rep. Tom Reed for re-election.
Reed will be running for a sixth term in 2020, which the Corning Republican said would be his last when he first ran in 2010.
He said then he thought term limits were a good thing and that he would limit himself to six two-year terms.
Asked whether this would be the congressman’s last re-election campaign, Reed campaign spokesman Matt Coker replied: “The campaign’s sole focus is sharing Tom’s record of success with the voters and ensuring his re-election in 2020.”
Cattaraugus County Republican Chairman Robert C. Keis Sr., said Tuesday that Reed “has been doing a very good job. He is trying to work across the aisle with his Problem Solvers Caucus.”
Keis, who recalled Reed’s pledge to get out after six terms, said he didn’t think Reed “should hold himself to that.”
“He supports things that most of us Republicans support too,” Keis said. “He’s very supportive of the Second Amendment. I just think he’s doing a fine job. He’s healthy. He’s very effective. There’s no reason to hold somebody into that (term limit).”
Keis added Reed has done “an incredible job representing us.”
“He works hard to ensure that our voices are heard in Washington and I am grateful for his commitment to cutting taxes for hardworking families right here in Cattaraugus County and across America,” he said.
Allegany County Republican Chairman Mike Healy said, “As a retired career law enforcement officer, U.S. Army veteran and father, I am proud to endorse Tom Reed for Congress. “A longtime friend, he has demonstrated fairness and common-sense leadership, representing all of us with honor and dignity.”
Reed was elected to Congress in 2010, beating Matt Zeller of Jamestown 56% to 44% to succeed Democrat Eric Massa, who resigned.
In 2012, Reed was re-elected, defeating Nate Shinagawa of Tompkins County 52% to 48%, Reed’s closest race. The 2104 race featured a Reed win over Martha Robinson of Tompkins County 58% to 36%. Reed won over John Plumb of Jamestown in 2016 58% to 41.9%.
In the most recent election, Reed beat Tracy Mitrano of Yates County 53.7% to 43.9%.
Mitrano has already announced her candidacy for a rematch with Reed next year. Several county Democratic chairmen have already endorsed Mitrano in the 2020 race.
Another Democrat, Dr. Scott Noren of Ithaca, has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to run in the 23rd Congressional District. That would force a primary with Mitrano.
The 2018 congressional election saw as many as a dozen Democratic candidates in a primary race attempt to take on Reed.