With roughly a year and a half until the mid-term elections, Southern Tier Republican Tom Reed already has a challenger for his congressional set. Corning teacher and coach Rick Gallant launched his campaign Wedneday.

The Democrat also serves on the Board of Directors for New York State United Teachers. Gallant said he will focus on education, jobs and challenging the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“Our Congressman, Tom Reed, is voting in lock step with Donald Trump and his party. He says one thing here at home, but votes another way once he’s in Washington. It’s time for a representative who will deliver more than lip service,” Gallant said.

Gallant has worked in the Corning-Painted Post School District for the past 17 years. Before that he worked as an assistant college basketball coach and a sportswriter and ran a small whitewater rafting business.

Reed has been in office since 2010 and won re-election against Naval Commander John Plumb last year. He was also part of the Trump Transition Team.

“The campaign looks forward to engaging in a fair and spirited debate with our challengers about the issues facing our country,” Reed Campaign Manager Nicholas Weinstein said.  “Our priority remains on continuing our record of caring, conservative leadership, bridging the partisan divide as the co-chair of the Problem Solver Caucus, and remaining accessible with our over two hundred Town Hall meetings.”