Reed announces re-election campaign

One word was the focus of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, Jamestown re-election campaign announcement – jobs.

On Wednesday, Reed made his official announcement at Blackstone Advanced Technologies, which is located at 86 Blackstone Ave., Jamestown. This is Reed’s third Congressional race, and his second attempt at securing the District 23 seat. He defeated Nate Shinagawa in 2012. Prior to becoming a congressman, Reed was the mayor of Corning.

Reed is running against Martha Robertson, D-Dryden, who has been Tompkins County Legislative chairwoman since 2010, and a legislator since 2002. The 23rd Congressional District includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins and Tioga counties.

“The No. 1 issue is how we are going to create jobs today for tomorrow,” he said. “I’m committed to jobs. I’m about jobs.”

Reed said Robertson has said the biggest focus for Congress should be global warming. Reed said he does not agree with his opponent.

“The priority is jobs,” he said.

County Executive Vince Horrigan introduced Reed to the employees at Blackstone Advanced Technologies. He said he believes in Reed as the best candidate for Chautauqua County and District 23.

“He has always impressed me with his honesty and straight-talk,” he said.

Horrigan said Reed is always there when there are issues facing the residents of Chautauqua County, like the repowering of NRG, trying to keep Lake Shore Hospital open and, the announcement that came on Wednesday, ConAgra closing the Dunkirk and Fredonia Carriage House plants.

“He is there because he cares about us,” Horrigan said.

Reed discussed issues from the national debt to high taxes. He was asked about fracking, the SAFE Act and taxes by employees. He said despite New York’s hurdles, he sees positives in the future, like with the Start-Up NY program.

“We’re going to keep fighting for the future,” Reed said. “We don’t care who gets the credit as long as the job gets done.”