TOM REED – Link to official website for more information.
Representative Tom Reed is the Republican incumbent running for reelection in the 23rd Congressional District of New York. He is the youngest of 12 children and lost his father at only two years old.
After graduating from Horseheads High School in 1989, Reed attended Alfred University until 1993. His degree in Political Science led him to attend Ohio Northern University College of Law until graduation in 1996.
From there, Reed started his own law firm that now has more than 25 employees. In 2008, he won the race to become the Mayor of Corning. He held the office until 2009. He was elected to Congress for the first time in a special election for the 29th district in 2010.
In 2011 he was appointed to the Committee of Ways and Means. The Committee oversees issues such as tax policy, trade, healthcare and Social Security. He serves on three subcommittees within the Committee of Ways and Means and is the Co-Chair of the Manufacturing Caucus.
Then in 2012, Reed was elected to his first full tenure in Congress, this time representing the new 23rd district.
Now up for reelection, Reed is extremely concerned with the issues of job creation, the national debt and healthcare.
Tom and his wife Jean Reed currently live in Corning, NY.
MARTHA ROBERTSON – Link to official campaign website for more information.
Martha Robertson is the Democratic and Working candidate running for the seat representing the 23rd Congressional District of New York. She has been on the Tompkins County Legislature since 2002 and has chaired the Legislature since 2010. She has held several positions in numerous organizations including the Program Oversight Committee of the Housing Fund and the Public Safety Committee.
Robertson grew up working in her parents flower shop located right next to their house. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. While there, she was the President of the Council of Cornell Women. Following graduation, she taught kindergarten for 11 years in Cleveland, Ohio. While there, she helped to found the Cleveland Children’s Museum and used that knowledge to aid in the development of the local Sciencenter.
In 2001, Robertson became the first female and first Democrat to be elected to County Legislature and to represent the Town of Dryden. She has since been re-elected for the past three terms.
Among others, Robertson’s main issues of focus include education reform of the Common Core, economic growth and “investing in the middle class”.
She and husband Steve reside in the Town of Dryden. The couple has two adult children and two grandchildren.