Williams declares victory over Conole in NY-22
Republican Brandon Williams holds the lead for New York’s 22nd Congressional District seat over Democrat Francis Conole.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Williams has 131,613 votes total, with 45,186 votes in Oneida County. while Conole has received 128, 393 total votes, with 27,101 in Oneida County. In Oneida County, absentee ballots have been partially counted.
Williams declared victory over Conole the morning of Nov. 9. In an early-morning statement, he said, "Thank you, Central New York! It’s an honor of a lifetime to be able to serve each and everyone of you."
In a Nov. 9 statement, Conole called for every vote to be counted in NY-22.
“Tonight this race is too close to call and we need to ensure that every Central New Yorker's voice is heard and their ballot is counted. This is a fundamental part of our democracy, and we look forward to it being carried out in the coming days. The Board of Elections staff works tirelessly to ensure this is done in a transparent process, and we should let them finish their jobs,” Conole said.
Williams owns a truffle farm with his wife in Sennett, located in Cayuga County, which is outside of the 22nd district. Congressional representatives do not need to live in the district they represent, but they must reside in New York state.
He is a Navy veteran, having served as a nuclear submarine officer, and is the founder of a software company based in California.
Throughout his campaign, Williams has voiced his opposition to abortion, except for in instances of rape, incest or the life of the mother; he has opposed the Inflation Reduction Act, he has supported 2nd Amendment rights and more.
The old 24th district was represented by John Katko and included Onondaga County, but Katko decided not to run for election.
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