Election Profile: New York’s 22nd Congressional District

On June 23, 2020, primary elections for President of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives, the New York State Senate, and the New York State Assembly will be held across the State of New York.

Because former Vice President Joe Biden is the only Democratic presidential candidate left in the race, the result of New York’s Democratic presidential primary is a foregone conclusion. However, 10 other candidates’ names will also appear on the ballot, as those candidates previously qualified for the primary before withdrawing their respective candidacies. In any event, Vice President Biden has already won enough delegates to ensure that he will receive his party’s nomination later this year.

No Republican presidential primary will be held in New York, as no candidates other than President Donald Trump qualified for the primary by submitting complete lists of delegates.

A significant Republican congressional primary contest is being held in New York’s 22nd congressional district. Two candidates—George Phillips and former Rep. Claudia Tenney—are vying for the chance to take on Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2018. A Binghamton native, Phillips is a history teacher, a former staffer to U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ-4), and a former Regional Director for Reclaim New York. He previously ran for Congress in 2010 and in 2016, but was unsuccessful. According to his campaign website, Phillips “will fight for a ‘Freedom Agenda’ in Congress against the rise of the radical left and socialism.”

Rep. Tenney represented New York’s 101st Assembly District from 2011 to 2017 before serving in Congress for one term. She was narrowly defeated by Rep. Brindisi in 2018 and is now seeking to win the seat back. An attorney and businesswoman, Rep. Tenney’s website states that she is “bringing upstate values to Washington.”

New York’s 22nd congressional district includes all of Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties and portions of Broome, Herkimer, Otsego, and Tioga counties. According to PressConnects.com, voters may vote on June 23 or may vote early; to be counted, absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than June 22. Because New York is a closed primary state, only registered Republicans may vote in this primary.

For more information on this race and others, please visit NewYorkFamilies.org and access New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation’s nonpartisan voter guide.