Perez Williams donated to Balter before challenging her in primary for Congress

Juanita Perez Williams was for Dana Balter a few days before she was against her.

Perez Williams, D-Syracuse, donated $250 to Balter, D-Syracuse, on March 31 — the final day of the first fundraising quarter. The contribution was disclosed in Balter's Federal Election Commission filing that was posted online Sunday night.

Three days after Perez Williams contributed to Balter's campaign, she began circulating petitions to secure a spot on the Democratic primary ballot in the 24th Congressional District. She collected more than 3,200 signatures — more than twice the amount needed to force a primary against Balter.

Prior to her donation, Perez Williams attended a Balter campaign fundraiser on March 29 in Syracuse.

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