ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Democratic candidates vying for the 23rd congressional district seat came together Monday night for a community event.
The State Theatre of Ithaca hosted a "NY 23rd Democratic Candidate Forum" Monday evening. There are currently seven people in the race for the primaries. Six of those candidates joined together on stage to discuss with community members how to beat out Republican incumbent Tom Reed.
Organizers say the goal of the program is to help voters understand who is in the running and how the playing field is shaping up.
"It's for everybody to learn who the candidates are so that when it comes time for the primary, they'll have a clear choice, and a clear idea of what their choices are," says Marcy Rosenkrantz, First Vice Chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee.
"It's very easy to criticize Tom Reed for all his dreadful votes against the people in the district and that's why we have so many candidates very eager to rise to the challenge," adds Irene Stein, Chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee.
Some of the key issues discussed included jobs, education, and the impact of the federal tax in New York State.
Following the forum, registered Democratic residents were able to participate in a straw poll to see who would be the favored candidate.