Joe Morelle is the Democratic nominee in New York’s 25th congressional district (NY-25). He was born and raised in Upstate New York and has spent his life in public service fighting for hardworking families. Morelle began his political career when he was elected to the Monroe County legislature in 1983. After two terms in that office, Morelle ran to represent Rochester in the New York State Assembly, where he has been serving since 1991. In 2013, Morelle was appointed as the Majority Leader of the Assembly. During his time in the Assembly, he has authored over 200 laws.
Morelle sees Israel as one of America’s closest allies and most important global partners. If elected to Congress, he will be committed to continuing US foreign aid to Israel in order to enhance its strong military defenses. Morelle also believes that the US has a pivotal role to play in bringing Israel and the Palestinians together in negotiations toward a two-state solution, which he sees as the only sustainable option for long-term peace. Additionally, he is opposed to the BDS movement and is dedicated to denouncing BDS in Congress while at the same time protecting free speech. Morelle thinks that instead of the BDS movement, efforts should be focused on improving humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian territories, including through humanitarian aid. Morelle supported the Iran nuclear agreement when it was in effect and thinks that the US must continue holding the Iranian regime accountable through diplomatic engagement.