Dana Balter has scored two more national endorsements in her bid for 24th Congressional District seat.
Our Revolution, a group that was founded by aides to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, backed Balter, D-Syracuse, for Congress. Another organization, 350 Action, which advocates for measures to combat climate change, is also supporting Balter's campaign.
The pair of national endorsements were announced two weeks before the Democratic primary. Balter and Juanita Perez Williams, a fellow Syracuse Democrat, are seeking the party's nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko.
"We've built a campaign around the idea that candidates need to show up, listen and stand up for the people they represent," Balter said. "I'm proud that national groups like Our Revolution and 350 Action are recognizing that my grassroots support makes me the best candidate to defeat Congressman John Katko this fall."
The support of Our Revolution, a group borne out of Sanders' unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign, could provide Balter with a significant boost.
Two years ago, Eric Kingson received a fundraising bump and additional support after Sanders endorsed him in the 24th district race. Kingson finished second in the primary, but Sanders' support made him a more competitive candidate.
The endorsement by 350 Action could benefit Balter, too. The group is the political arm of 350.org, which was co-founded by leading environmentalist Bill McKibben.
Addressing climate change has been mentioned by Balter as one of her top priorities.
"Dana is ready to fight for bold, just climate solutions — and she knows that wind power is the future and fracking is the dirty past," 350 Action said in a statement.
The Democratic primary will be held Tuesday, June 26. The winner will have the Democratic line against Katko, R-Camillus, in the general election.
In other news:
• Balter will hold her fourth listening session this week. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mimi's Drive-In, 201 N. 2nd St., Fulton.