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Democrat Sam Roberts enters crowded NY-22 primary

Sam Roberts For Congress

Another Democrat has thrown his hat into the ring to run for congress in the newly formed 22nd district that includes Syracuse. Sam Roberts made his campaign announcement this weekend. Roberts is a former County Legislator and State Assembly member. One of the first things he says he'd address is fiscal issues.

“And so you know, it comes down to the economy as being, you know, you have to have good businesses and keep our businesses strong so they can pay folks a decent living wage, you know with the benefits hopefully.”

He also highlights education, public safety, and health care as issues of concern. And he says he'd work to protect natural resources.

“I’m going to tell you one of the biggest resources that we have in this area is our clean water, our drinking water. That’s the most important thing that we have. Then, you know, even with warming, you look at the temperatures and the weather.”

Roberts says his eight terms in elected office make him the only one in the race with government experience. He's the fifth declared Democratic candidate, along with Chol Majok, Francis Canole, Sarah Klee-Hood, and Steven Holden.

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