Congressman Eric Massa's decision not to run for re-election leaves the race for the 29th Congressional District with only one candidate for the spot. Our Kaitlyn Lionti spoke with political representatives in the district about what this means and who could potentially enter the race.
SOUTHERN TIER, N.Y. -- With Congressman Eric Massa out of the running for his seat in the 29th Congressional District, the big question is who's in?
Before making his announcement that he would not seek re-election, Massa called Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan and asked him to consider running. Hogan says it took him by surprise and would be a big leap for him, but he's taking it into consideration.
"I take this very seriously and I believe I have the skill set on the district-wide, statewide and national level where I can bring something to the equation. That being said, I've got a lot of soul-searching to do," said Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan.
Hogan says he encourages other Democrats to consider a run as well, like Elmira Mayor John Tonello.
"This is a big district, so I'm sure there might be other people up in the Northern End of the district that might be interested, so I'm sure we'll have good candidates to choose from," said Cindy Emmer, Chair of the Chemung County Democratic Committee.
Currently, Republican and former Corning Mayor Tom Reed is the only candidate in the race, but names of other republicans are being tossed in as well, like Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.
And in his statement expressing concern for Massa, Former Congressman Randy Kuhl also mentioned he had received calls and e-mails about his political future. He said he appreciates the support and will address any decisions in the future.
Despite the possibility of another Republican candidate, Reed says he has faith in his campaign.
"I'm confident we're going to be the candidate, we're not going anywhere, we're going to fight 'til the end 'cause we believe in what we're doing and I look forward to representing the people of the 29th," said Tom Reed, candidate for the 29th Congressional District.