Arcuri's support for the center has won him high marks, especially among the large Bosnian population that has settled in Utica over the past two decades.
"I like him, he does a good job. I got my citizenship recently and I will vote for him," said Sefija Kajpezovik, 45.
To be sure, Arcuri has a perplexing opponent in the blunt-talking Hanna, who refuses to criticize Obama or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and says the Republican Party's conservative positions on social issues are out of step with most Americans.
Hanna's campaign said it would report $575,000 in his account as of July 1. Arcuri's campaign declined to disclose his current totals until July 15, when candidates are required to file their latest reports. He had $490,000 in the bank at the end of March.
Hanna is running as a fiscal conservative, pledging to create jobs and cut taxes and spending, but is vague about specific policies. He says his main reason for running is to bring a business perspective to Congress and help restore people's confidence in government.
"Everyone I meet feels disenfranchised — they feel their representatives have abandoned them. What Arcuri has done is prove those people right. He's just added to the cynicism," Hanna said.
That sentiment is shared by 59-year old personnel manager Pam Noti, who hasn't been involved in politics before but is supporting and volunteering for Hanna.
"I haven't seen him follow through on his promises," Noti said of Arcuri. "He seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth. I don't even listen to him anymore."
The district continues to struggle, but at 7.5 percent its unemployment rate is lower than many parts of the country. The area also managed to escape the national real estate bust, in part because it never experienced the bubble that preceded it.
Arcuri speaks with pride about his role in bringing jobs to a local firearms manufacturer and aircraft parts distributor in the district, along with frustration that his efforts haven't been fully recognized.
"But for the stimulus bill, we wouldn't have the teachers working who are working. We would not have the construction jobs," Arcuri said. "We never hear Richard Hanna talking about the economy unless he's criticizing it. You'll never hear him talking about his ideas for what we're going to do, ever."