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Dana Balter

Template:TOCnestleft Dana Balter is a Syracuse academic/activist.

Our Revolution endorsement 2020

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New York Election Rally

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With Jumaane D. Williams, Brad Lander, Dana Balter, Mondaire Jones, Jessica Ramos.

PDA endorsement

In 2020 Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Dana Balter's congressional run.[1]

Support from Onward Together

Onward Together supported Dana Balter as a candidate for the 2018 midterm elections.[2]

CNY Solidarity Coalition Coordinating Committee

Members of the CNY Solidarity Coalition Coordinating Committee (Jan 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017), included Dana Balter .

Congressional run

September 2017, a Syracuse University professor plans to launch a campaign today for the Democratic nomination for Congress and a chance to challenge Rep. John Katko in the 2018 election.

Dana Balter, 41, of Syracuse, becomes the second Democrat to enter the race in the 24th Congressional District.

Anne Messenger, 70, of Manlius, an executive coach and consultant, began her bid for the Democratic nomination in July.

Balter has gained prominence in Central New York since the November election as an organizer for the CNY Solidarity Coalition, a collection of grassroots groups that formed to oppose Donald Trump and his policies after he won the presidential election.

Balter, a visiting assistant teaching professor at SU's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will be making her first bid for public office.

She describes herself as a "pragmatic progressive" who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, but also liked the message and ideas touted by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

After the election, Balter began taking part in local organized protests over Trump's policies and some actions taken by the Republican-controlled Congress. She is among those who have been critical of Katko for not holding more town hall meetings that are open dialogues with the public.

"The November election is what propelled me to become involved in a much more direct and hands-on way," Balter said. "Everything became much more urgent after that. I felt like I couldn't bring about the kind of change that was necessary from the position I was in before."

Balter said she plans to launch her campaign today by marching with other candidates in the annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair.

She said her platform will focus on five core issues: Universal healthcare (she supports Medicare-for-all), providing an equitable fully-funded education for every child, protecting natural resources, economic justice and meaningful employment, and criminal justice reform.[3]

Working Families Party

Dana Balter picked up an endorsement from the Working Families Party. [4]

DSA support

Samantha Sorensen served as co-chair for the Syracuse Democratic Socialists of America Socialist Feminist Working Group. Previously, Samantha served behind the scenes as Treasurer for the Dana Balter for Congress campaign.


Syracuse Democratic Socialists of America shared an event. May 27 at 7:15am (2018).

Good morning! Join us next Saturday as we talk to our neighbors about healthcare-for-all and Balter's Congressional campaign!


Syracuse DSA June 26, 2018;

Remember today is the Democratic Congressional primary to see who challenges Katko in the fall. We are supporting Dana for Congress for CD 24. If you are a registered Dem, polls open at noon and close at 9 PM.
Dana has made single payer healthcare a priority from day one of her campaign and would be a strong advocate for it in Congress.

Matt Huber May 29, 2018 ·


Our local DSA chapter canvasses this Saturday for Dana Balter. While Dana is more of a social democrat than a socialist, she is endorsed by by the Democratic County committees in Onondaga, Oswego, Wayne and Cayuga counties, the Working Families Party, The New York Progressive Action Network, as well as numerous prominent progressive leaders like Zephyr Teachout. Meanwhile the corporate/Washington based "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee" is trying to defeat her in the primary (June 26th) with failed Mayoral candidate Juanita Perez-Williams. Let's not let the Corporate Democrats win! Dana's platform centers around DSA principles of Medicare-for-all, living wages, and renewable energy (among other things).


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In 2018 Indivisible endorsed Dana Balter.

Knit the 24th

February 2018, Knit the 24th, a collection of Indivisible groups in each of the district's four counties, endorsed Dana Balter to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko in the general election.

Balter, D-Syracuse, is an activist with the CNY Solidarity Coalition and a Syracuse University professor.

"Dana Balter has the communication skills and deep policy knowledge to serve us well in Congress and we are excited to send her to Washington to work on our behalf," said Jim Brady, a member of Indivisible Cayuga.

The national Indivisible movement was launched by former congressional Democratic staffers. Indivisible Cayuga and other groups, including Indivisible Salt City in Syracuse, formed and utilize most elements of the national strategy.

Before entering the race, Balter was one of the most visible members of the CNY Solidarity Coalition, which aligns with the local Indivisible organizations. When a protest was held outside Katko's televised town hall inn May, Balter was one of the speakers at the event.

Knit the 24th said if Balter is elected, she will advocate for affordable health care and a fair tax program. The coalition also highlighted her support of education, strong environmental policies and economic and racial justice issues.

"We the People of Oswego fully support Knit the 24th's endorsement of Dana Balter as the best candidate to address issues important to citizens of Oswego County," said Fred Ringwald, a member of We the People of Oswego Indivisible. [5]