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John Katko

U.S. Rep. John Katko. 

Robert Harding, The Citizen

U.S. Rep. John Katko once again has the support of the largest Republican Party organization in central New York. 

The Onondaga County Republican Committee endorsed Katko, R-Camillus, for re-election Saturday at its nominating meeting. The vote was unanimous. 

Katko is seeking a third term representing the 24th Congressional District, which includes the western portion of Oswego County and all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties. 

Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey, who has supported Katko since his first run for Congress in 2014, said the GOP congressman is delivering results for the community. 

"He fought to ensure local interests were protected in reforming our tax code, has worked tirelessly to end the heroin epidemic, and is a leader on national security and infrastructure," Dadey said in a statement. "We're proud to have one of the most productive members of Congress serving our community in Congress and look forward to delivering another overwhelming victory for Congressman Katko in November." 

It's the second endorsement Katko has received in the last week as he ramps up his re-election effort. The Wayne County Republican Committee endorsed him Thursday. 

Katko doesn't have a primary opponent, so he is expected to secure the GOP nomination again. He received the party's backing in 2014 and 2016. He won both races by at least 20 points. 

"I'm humbled to once again receive such a strong showing of support from Chairman Dadey and the Onondaga County committee," Katko said. "Onondaga County deserves strong leadership in Washington, and I've worked to deliver results for our community." 

Katko will face a Democratic opponent in this year's general election, but that nomination battle hasn't been settled. Dana Balter, a Syracuse activist and professor at Syracuse University, was designated by the Cayuga, Oswego and Wayne Democratic committees at a joint meeting Wednesday.

The Onondaga County Democratic Committee will meet later this month to endorse a candidate in the race. 

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