SYRACUSE — Colleen Deacon will face off against incumbent Republican John Katko in the race for the 24th Congressional District seat after winning a three-way primary Tuesday.
In unofficial results, Deacon, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, garnered 5,749 votes, or 49 percent. Syracuse University professor Eric Kingson received 3,780 votes (32 percent). Baldwinsville attorney Steve Williams nabbed 2,297 votes (19 percent).
The 24th District includes all of Wayne County.
In Wayne, with all 27 districts reporting, Kingson led with 187 votes, followed by Williams (172) and Deacon (144). Deacon and Williams both received the endorsement of the Wayne County Democratic Committee, as well as Cayuga and Oswego county party leaders. Deacon also received the endorsement of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee and the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Deacon’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on her victory.
Katko’s campaign issued the following statement after Deacon’s primary win: “Congressman Katko recognizes that Central New Yorkers are tired of the same, divisive election-year rhetoric. He is focused on being an independent and results-driven leader for our district in Congress and looks forward to running on his bipartisan record in November.”
Besides Wayne County, the 24th District covers all of Onondaga and Cayuga counties and the western half of Oswego County, including the cities of Fulton and Oswego.