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The Special Election (coming in August)

Why are we having a Special Election on August 23? 

The special election to replace Tom Reed, who resigned his seat a few weeks ago. The winner will serve in Congress for the remainder of Reed's term (until January, 2023) Because Reed represented the old NY-23 Cogressional District, the voters in this special election will be the voters of the old NY-23 CD. That includes all of Seneca County. 

The Democratic candidate will be Max della Pia. You can learn about him from his campaign website.



— Max H. Della Pia

Welcome to the New NY-24th CD

In May, a judge finalized the NEW NY State Congressional districts. These replace districts that were established only a few months ago but were ruled unconstitutional. 

Seneca County is now part of the new NY-24 CD. It stretches from Watertown to Batavia, and includes Auburn, Geneva, Canandaigua, Geneseo and Oswego. It does not contain the cities of Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca or Buffalo. 

Primaries for the Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress will occur on August 23rd. The general election is November 8.

We will post the Democratic candidates on this site. 

Democratic Candidates NY-24 CD: Steven Holden

Learn more at  Holden's campaign website


Steve Holden has a unique combination of life experiences that position him to understand The Lake District’s challenges and the education and skills to meet the needs of its residents. He knows rural life; he knows Army life; he knows leadership; he knows commitment; he knows compromise; he knows finance. He knows how to work hard and get things done.

Steve was born and raised in Oklahoma, where his dad worked on Modoc Nation lands; he spent most of his childhood days with his mom and three sisters on his grandfather’s dairy farm. Like a lot of rural kids, Steve was a member of 4H and the FFA (Future Farmers of America), and while in middle and high school, he played baseball, soccer, and football.

During his senior year of high school, Steve was the captain of his debate team, where he learned how to research important topics of the day and speak persuasively about them. He went to college in his hometown and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice while serving in the National Guard and awaiting a commission in the U.S. Army. He served a total of 22 years, including four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan; he was on the team that captured Saddam Hussein and was later awarded three Bronze Stars. He retired as an Army Finance Corps Lieutenant Colonel.

While a Captain in the Army, Steve went to Syracuse University and earned double master’s degrees: an MBA from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and a MPA (masters of public administration) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

While in Syracuse, he met the love of his life, his wife Julie, who is a proud child of a veteran and a union father who worked for GM and her mom, a local government employee. Julie served in the Army too, and is Steve’s partner in life and in love.

When they married, they created a blended family and together raised three children to adulthood, one of whom currently serves as a Staff Sergeant in the USAF Reserves.

Steve is now the CFO of an organization that helps military veterans receive government contracts. He also teaches finance and mergers and acquisitions to federal government employees.

The Holden family’s ties to New York span centuries when E.F. Holden moved to Syracuse in the mid-1800s. E.F. Holden eventually created Syracuse University’s second academic building, the Holden Observatory