The support of two of the most prominent women in New York politics helped Colleen Deacon secure the nomination for the 24th congressional district in Tuesday's primary. She enjoyed endorsements by Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand to boost her first-time candidacy among democrats.
Deacon topped Eric Kingson and Steve Williams in the contest. Kingson enjoyed attention late in the race when Bernie Sanders endorsed him and held an event in Syracuse with the candidate. Deacon ran largely on issues such as equal rights, pay equity and women's health issues. She drew 49% of the vote, while Kingson tallied 32% and Williams got 19%.
Deacon will run against incumbent John Katko in the November election. Katko is finishing up his first term in congress.