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Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter talks to reporters after voting on primary day in Syracuse.

Democratic challenger Dana Balter received her second union endorsement in the 24th Congressional District race. 

UNITE HERE Local 150, which represents more than 600 workers in the food service and hospitality industries, endorsed Balter, D-Syracuse, in the race against Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko. 

Ann Marie Taliercio, president of UNITE HERE Local 150, said Balter will be a champion for working families. 

"For too long Congressman Katko has refused to hold public meetings with his constituents, favoring instead phone-in 'town halls' which limit his accountability to the people he represents," Taliercio said in a statement. "Katko claims to be an independent voice for us while voting with President (Donald) Trump 90 percent of the time. UNITE HERE Local 150 is proud to stand with Dana Balter." 

UNITE HERE Local 150 joins 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East in supporting Balter for Congress. The largest health care workers union endorsed the Syracuse Democrat on Monday. 

Like 1199SEIU, UNITE HERE has a large presence in the U.S. and members in Canada. The union represents 270,000 workers, according to its website. 

"The hard-working people in hospitality and food service industries are a major driver of our economy and deserve well-paying jobs and secure employment," Balter said in a statement. "Unions' collective bargaining makes conditions better for everyone and we must continue to stand behind them." 

The unions' endorsements follows the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's announcement last week that Balter has been added to the Red to Blue program. 

The DCCC's Red to Blue program assists Democratic candidates challenging Republican incumbents. 

This is Balter's first run for political office. Katko is seeking a third term in Congress. He was first elected in 2014. 

The 24th Congressional District is comprised of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, plus the western portion of Oswego County. 

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

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