Syracuse Mayoral Race 2017

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The local elections on Tuesday aren’t expected to generate much activity at the polls, so it’s probably no surprise the Green Party has a plan to change that.  They’re calling for "Inclusive Democracy" to increase turnout and civic engagement.  Mayoral candidate Howie Hawkins illustrates his point.

"Did you hear there's an election Tuesday?  A lot of people out here, as we knock on doors and make phone calls, they're like what?  We had a presidential election last year.  What's this year?"

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Both the Onondaga County Democratic Committee and the Green Party are hoping frustration with the national political climate will work in their favor on election day.   

Democrats are optimistic that they have a slate of candidates that will make inroads in the county legislature.  Republicans hold a supermajority with 13 of 17 seats.  The committee has fielded five candidates to challenge GOP incumbents, and two others to seek open seats held by outgoing republicans.  That’s more than in recent memory.  Chairman Mark English says larger forces are a motivating factor.

Syracuse Mayoral Candidates Discuss Sustainability in Debate at City Hall Commons

Oct 27, 2017
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Syracuse’s four mayoral candidates squared off for another debate Friday, this one moderated by WAER News at City Hall Commons. 

The theme was “sustainability,” and Howie Hawkins, Laura Lavine, Ben Walsh and Juanita Perez Williams offered their thoughts on how it figures into a wide range of topics.

The Green Party’s Howie Hawkins is never short of ideas, all of them progressive and some might say a bit radical.  So it might seem the Consensus Commission’s sweeping new recommendations for modernizing local government would fit his agenda.  But Hawkins has mixed reviews…

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Green Party Candidate for Syracuse Mayor Howie Hawkins pointed to the crumbling condition of the Westside Academy at Blodgett today as an example of the inequality of education in the city. Hawkins scolded the Joint School construction board for failing to make the school a priority, leaving families uncertain about the future. 

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The four candidates for Syracuse mayor acknowledge the city's future hinges on the city school district on many levels, from reducing poverty to attracting families. But they each have different perceptions on how schools are performing. Republican Laura Lavine is calling for mayoral control of the district. The career educator and administrator says it's what voters ask about the most.

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The republican candidate for Syracuse mayor is coming out swinging against her opponents now that the ballot is set for November.  She’s calling out the democrat and independent candidates for their former roles in the Miner administration.

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Democrat Joe Nicoletti is suspending his campaign after last week’s defeat by Juanita Perez-Williams, also a Democrat.  Nicoletti made the announcement at Perez-Williams' campaign headquarters on Monday.  He had the option of continuing because he was endorsed by the Working Families Party in addition to his own party.  Nicoletti asked for voters who supported his message of a better Syracuse to come on board.

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What’s next for the Democratic Committee of Onondaga County after their designated candidate for Syracuse Mayor lost Tuesday's primary?  Committee Chair Mark English feels the outcome doesn’t mean that the committee was off course in their thinking.

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Democrats choose Jaunita Perez Williams as their nominee in the Syracuse race for mayor over the candidate party leaders choose earlier this summer.  Williams out-polled Joe Nicoletti by a 52% to 34% margin.  Marti Masterpole, the third candidate on the ballot drew about 10% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary. 

Perez Williams expressed her pride in the city, and sounded a theme of collaboration.  The former city attorney and Cuomo administration official says Syracuse welcomed her decades ago, and she wants everyone to feel the same way.

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Democrats choose Jaunita Perez Williams as their nominee in the Syracuse race for mayor over the candidate party leaders choose earlier this summer.  Williams out-polled Joe Nicoletti by a 52% to 34% margin.  Marti Masterpole, the third candidate on the ballot drew about 10% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary. 

The three candidates were down from a total of six democrats who initially were vying for the nomination.  Chris Fowler, Alphonso Davis and Raymond Blackwell were unable to secure.

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