With the November midterm election less than two months away, the race for New York’s 21st Congressional District, where Democrat Matt Castelli is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, is heating up.

Castelli, a Democrat, gathered enough petition signatures to add a Moderate Party line to the ballot, On Monday, he touted the party’s platform: safety and security, the economy and individual liberty.

“For too long the most extreme voices have dominated politics,”he said. “The Moderate Party is reclaiming a powerful voice for the great middle majority. We want the government to focus on what it’s good at – security, roads and bridges, strengthening communities – and to stay out of our personal lives. In NY-21, we think for ourselves, coming together across party lines to solve problems – it’s time our representative in Washington did, too.”

Stefanik is on the November ballot as representing the Republican and Conservative parties. Her campaign is pushing back against Castelli framing himself as a moderate.

In a statement, Stefanik’s senior advisor said, “This Downstate Democrat is desperately trying to trick voters into pretending to be a moderate when the reality is, that due to redistricting, he was able to collect the vast majority of the same signatures from far-left Democrats as he did on his democratic line.”