Local Democrats Nominate Candidates For Upcoming Elections Ill-fated Balter Race Could Still Play Important Role in Local Politics

Local activist thinks despite loss, the Balter race will play an important role.

Serio: Wasser explained that the most telling part of the meeting was actually what ended up getting left out.

Wasser: The Democrats do not yet have someone running for Country Executive or County Clerk which are two very important seats that would be great if the Dems could challenge the incumbent Republican.

Serio: She said this is due to an age divided Democratic Party in the county.

Wasser: A lot of the time they don’t see eye to eye so it’s hard to unite the Democratic party to take on the Republicans.

Serio: In order to unseat County Executive Ryan McMahon, the Democrats are going to have to find a way to unite.

Luca Serio, NCC News.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) —  Democrats from across Onondaga County gathered last Saturday to show their support for candidates for the upcoming election. Campaigning starts at the end of this month.

Perrine Wasser, an employee of Rachel May and someone who campaigned for Dana Balter for Congress last fall , believes that even though Balter lost, the impact of that race will help local Democrats going forward.

“She was able to make people passionate, and she was on the ground interacting with constituents,” Wasser said. “And I think she brought a level of awareness that I think can play a huge role in this upcoming election.”

Wasser’s comments follow the Onondaga County Democratic Committee’s Designation Meeting where members of the committee voiced support for candidates and helped generate funding going into the signature gathering portion of campaigning starting at the end of the month.

The Democrats did not nominate anyone for County Executive or for County Clerk. These two seats are currently held by Republicans.

Wasser noted the age division within the Democratic Party in Onondaga County.

“The Democratic Party can be split here,” Wasser said. “You have what is often referred to as ‘The Old Men’s Club’ and you have younger progressives and a lot of the time they don’t see eye to eye. It’s hard to unite the Democratic Party to take on the Republicans.”

The committee also took steps on Saturday to nominate candidates for the Syracuse Common Council. Currently, only one seat is held by a Republican, but Wasser believes having an entirely Democratic council could have a large impact on many local issues.

“A huge issue right now is the future of Interstate-81, ” Wasser said.  “Having a Democratic council that all agreed on what the best option was,  I think , would be influential on how that situation plays out.”

“I think that is the single most important issue in Onondaga County right now, ” she added. ” I think it’s really important for Democrats to unite on that and get as many elected officials in support of the community grid as possible.”

The list of candidates they nominated can be found here. 

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Luca Serio

Luca Serio is a junior at Syracuse University who hails from Portland, Maine. He's a resident advisor on campus and is the captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. He's currently pursuing an education in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

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