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Syracuse Speaks- The Importance of Local Elections

Central New Yorkers faces an election in November with dozens of local offices on the ballot for positions that decide things such as tax rates, education policy, and district lines. But voter turnoutin elections with primarily local races has been historically low. In light of this, community groups and political researchers are asking what will get people engaged?

Joining us for the conversation is Onondaga VotesChanel Turnquest, Syracuse UniversityPolitical Science Professor Shana Kushner Gadarian, and Onondaga County Legislator Tom Buckel. 

We also speak with the two candidates running for Onondaga County Executive, Republican Ryan McMahon and Democrat Tony Malavenda. They discuss their priorities and visions for county government. 

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Kevin Kloss is proud to serve as the Content and Operations Manager at WAER Syracuse Public Media. In addition to managing content for broadcast and digital distribution he also oversees the Sports department at WAER and their coverage of Syracuse University athletics. He also plays an important role as the lead producer for several of the station’s flagship programs including Syracuse Speaks and City Limits.