Campaigning on Campus

Congressman John Katko (R-24) answers student’s questions during a forum on the OCC campus.

The campus community got a first-hand look at candidates for New York’s 24th Congressional District. The Republican incumbent and three Democratic challengers each held hour-long question-and-answer sessions on campus during the spring semester.

Eric Kingson was the first candidate to come to Onondaga Community College, appearing March 21. Kingson is a professor of social work at Syracuse University.

Colleen Deacon answered questions March 28. Deacon is a former top aide to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Steve Williams was the third and final Democratic candidate to come to campus, appearing April 4. Williams is an attorney and Navy veteran.

Kingson, Deacon and Williams will face off in a primary June 28. The winner will challenge incumbent John Katko. He appeared on campus May 9.

OCC student Maurice “Mo” Brown is the President of OCC’s Politics Club and helped present the series. “The forums went well,” said Brown. “It’s good to provide our campus community with access to the candidates and hear each of their personal stories and views on important issues. I hope everyone who attended these forums walked away better informed about the issues and the candidates.”

The series was coordinated by OCC’s Politics Club, League of Women Voters of the Syracuse Metropolitan Area and Susan Tormey, head of Government Relations at OCC.

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