OLEAN, NY — The Olean Racial Justice Coalition has made its first political endorsement, supporting Tracy Mitrano’s bid for the 23rd congressional district.

The coalition, formed to support Black Lives Matter in the aftermath of the George Floyd death at the hands of police, lists more than 2,200 members. 

In a statement released Tuesday, ORJC cited Mitrano’s support for equal rights and laws benefiting the working class, minorities and the poor of the 23rd district. And ORJC observed that her opponent, incumbent Republican Tom Reed, “has proven time and again to have no regard for these matters."

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ORJC also noted in its statement, “Tracy has reached out to us to personally listen to the things we have to say and support our cause in the betterment of our local community. Additionally, Tracy is invested in our local community, as evidenced by her enthusiastic attendance and participation in the ORJC Juneteenth rally. A vote for Tracy is a vote for a better Olean.”

Mitrano responded, “I am deeply honored by this endorsement. I’ve been active in civil rights issues all my adult life. Seeing young people take up the battle the way ORJC has is such an inspiring, encouraging development. I know that working together, we really are going to make a big difference in how this country addresses issues of race and justice.”

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