Democrats Dan Maffei, left, and Brianne Murphy, right, have both announced they will seek to challenge Republican Ann Marie Buerkle for the congressional seat.
continued Murphy, a political newcomer, says voters may be eager to see a new face on the primary ballot.
“I didn’t get in this race because of Dan Maffei,” she said. “I got in this race because of Central New York. He has run three times and lost twice, so I think he has a lot of challenges. I think Democrats in a primary are going to notice that. Voters are going to be excited to hear from someone new.”
The primary, which must be held between June and August for November’s election, would decide which party candidate would go on the final ballot.
“Until she qualifies to get on the ballot [for a primary], I’m not even thinking about it,” Maffei said. “I’ve been in enough horse races, I’m interested in looking at how we can actually change what we can.”
Until those district lines are drawn, neither Democrat candidate will speculate what the district could look like.
How the lines are drawn, however, will affect the tone of the race.
“Depending on who ends up with who will dictate how civil versus how heated this race will be,” Murphy said.
Some district possibilities could put Murphy and Maffei in opposite seats, should the county be split and merged with a neighboring congressional district.
“It will be a Central New York district, Syracuse will be a part of it, but trying to speculate which direction it will go is not what I am spending my time on,” Maffei said.
A challenge to Buerkle
“Buerkle took her 648-vote win as some sort of a mandate to become a social crusader for these issues that aren’t a priority for central New Yorkers and I can not let that stand.”
— Dan Maffei
Reeher says Buerkle could be vulnerable in the coming election.