No Katko? No problem: Two Republicans considering primary against Jacobs in new district | Politics

After U.S. Representative John Katko opts to retire and the redistricting process is completed, two Republicans will continue their campaigns in another congressional district.

Andrew McCarthy and John Murtari will seek the Republican nomination in the newly drawn 24th congressional district, which stretches from Niagara County in western New York to Jefferson County in the north. Seven towns in northern Cayuga County, as well as part of the town of Brutus, are in the redesigned 24th Ward.

McCarthy and Murtari planned to challenge Katko for the Republican nomination. McCarthy lives in Rome and anticipated that the new Syracuse-area congressional district would include the Utica-Rome area. However, state lawmakers drew the 22nd congressional district to include other central New York counties, but did not extend to Rome. Murtari is a resident of Wayne County. Wayne County is in what is now the 24th District along with all of Cayuga and Onondaga Counties, as well as western Oswego County. Wayne will be part of the new 24th arrondissement.

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A map showing the proposed 24th congressional district, which would include towns in northern Cayuga County.


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A spokesperson for McCarthy has confirmed that he will show up for the GOP nod in the 24th Precinct. Murtari wrote in an email to The Citizen that he is organizing events and will continue his campaign. He is also considering filing a lawsuit to challenge the new maps. He thinks the new 24th arrondissement “meets the dictionary definition of gerrymandering”.

As McCarthy and Murtari focus on the newly drawn district, they target another incumbent GOP congressman. U.S. Representative Chris Jacobs, a Republican from Western New York, announced on Monday that he would run for office in the 24th District.

Jacobs’ campaign noted that the new district is made up of all or part of eight counties in its current district, the 27th.

“Western New Yorkers value our families and our freedom and our shared commitment to these values ​​unites us,” Jacobs said. “The renumbered NY-24 contains over 400,000 constituents I currently represent, and I’m excited to get to know a few new communities better.”

Jacobs has a financial advantage over his main potential Republican opponents. It raised $103,465 in the fourth quarter of 2021, of which $80,267 came from individuals. He also received $23,198 from political action committees and other groups. His campaign spent $55,142 and has $334,153 in cash.

McCarthy did not file a fundraising report as he only entered the race in early January. Murtari reported takings totaling $4,570. He gave or loaned $4,045 to his campaign and received $525 in individual unit contributions. He spent $2,620 and has $1,949 in the bank.

So far, no Democrat has publicly announced their candidacy for the new 24th precinct.

Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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