A proven leader fighting for central and western New York working families
Dana Balter is a dedicated community leader running for Congress to fight for central and western New York working families. From a young age, Dana learned how to be a fierce advocate from her parents. Her younger brother has cognitive disabilities, and Dana’s family fought for him to have the same educational opportunities, dignity, and respect that all children deserve. Inspired to keep fighting, she began her career in special education at a nonprofit organization serving adults with cognitive disabilities. Dana worked at the organization as a teacher and went on to serve as director of education and then director of communications and marketing. Her experience serving students and families motivated her to make change on a larger scale. She earned her master’s degree in public administration and taught at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The granddaughter of Holocaust refugees who made upstate New York their home, Dana was raised to stand up for her community and her values and she is deeply committed to social justice. After the 2016 election, she took action as a tireless community organizer working to hold her elected officials accountable. Dana won a tough primary and came close to flipping New York’s 24th Congressional District as a first-time candidate in 2018. She stepped up to run again and has quickly mounted a strong grassroots campaign. Dana lives on Syracuse's East Side with her three rescue dogs, and when elected she will continue to fight for all central and western New York working families.
A champion dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for all
Dana is running to expand economic opportunity for all central and western New York working families and to help create good-paying jobs so that communities can thrive. As a grassroots leader dedicated to her community, she will champion policies that move central and western New York forward for all. Dana is committed to fighting back and expanding access to quality health care for all — a fight that is deeply personal to her. Shortly after enrolling at Syracuse, Dana faced debilitating medical issues and had to suspend her studies. She researched her options and approached her treatments with the same determination and grit she brings to every fight, and recovered so that she could return to graduate school. Dana is running to make central and western New York working families’ voices heard, and when elected she will be their fierce champion in Congress.
An opportunity to flip a seat from red to blue
Dana is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. John Katko, whose record of failure has hurt the working families he was elected to serve. Hillary Clinton narrowly outperformed Donald Trump in this district in 2016, and in 2020 we have the opportunity to help Dana flip this seat and strengthen our House majority. Katko’s deep-pocketed special interest allies will do everything they can to keep this seat, but Dana has what it takes to turn this seat blue with our help. Let’s show Dana the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for central and western New York working families to Congress.