Francis Conole running again, aims to defeat Rep. John Katko for Congress | Politics

FILE – Democratic congressional candidate Francis Conole answers a question during the Auburn/Cayuga NAACP and Indivisible Cayuga candidates forum on Aug. 19, 2019 at Auburn High School.

Francis Conole is back. 

The Iraq War veteran is running for Congress. Conole, D-Syracuse, announced his candidacy on his social media accounts Tuesday. He will seek the Democratic nomination to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko in 2022. 

Conole launched his second campaign for Congress in front of the house on Merriman Avenue in Syracuse where his mother, Patricia, was born. While there is a personal connection to the street, it’s an example of a neighborhood “that’s been decimated by neglect, underinvestment and inequality,” Conole says in the video. 

“I’m here today announcing my campaign for Congress because the fight is right here — for this community and for all communities,” Conole continues. 

The video also previews the issues that Conole will focus on during his campaign, including health care, higher wages, investing in clean energy, boosting education, providing access to affordable housing and lowering taxes for the middle class. 

Conole graduated from Westhill High School and the U.S. Naval Academy. He was deployed to the Middle East in 2010 and worked with Army Special Forces on withdrawing from Iraq. He also served in the Office of Naval Intelligence and on President Barack Obama’s armed forces inaugural committee. 

Prior to returning to central New York in 2019, Conole was a policy adviser at the Pentagon to former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. He is now a Navy Reserve commander. 

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