Candidates face challenges campaigning during pandemic

Republican candidates for the 22nd Congressional District seat discuss campaign challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Jun 22, 2020 11:06 PM
Updated: Jun 23, 2020 9:09 AM

NEW HARTFORD-Republican candidates for the 22nd congressional district seat discussed campaign challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.

Claudia Tenney and George Phillips are both running for the republican seat.

Both having campaigned before, say coronavirus has changed the way they're reaching out to voters.

"Having the opportunity to see people has been tough," said Claudia Tenney. "I mean going to fire department dinners and getting to all the different events and public events, the field days, nothing is happening." She says its been a struggle.

George Phillips said a lot has changed for his campaign. "We had to stop our work on the door to doors once the coronavirus hit." He added, "We have people out now knocking on doors and dropping leaflets off now."

On Thursday, Phillips campaigned in New Hartford. On Monday night, Tenney had a drive-thru meet and greet at Dippin' Donuts in New Hartford.

One of Tenney's supporters says, if it weren't for the pandemic, more people may have showed up. "You know there's less traffic and you know that's part of it," said Sharon Weigand from Whitesboro. "If we had normalcy, they'd be coming by you know."

Both candidates say they have been utilizing social media. "We've had a very strong social media presence, with a lot of followers," said Tenney.

Phillips said, "Look we are living in a social media age, but I still come back to being a teacher and using a lot of technology in my classroom, and the best thing is still the eye to eye contact."

The winner in this race, will face incumbent, democrat Anthony Brindisi in November.

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