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Nicoletti Suspends Mayoral Campaign, Supports Democrat Elect Perez-Williams for Syracuse Mayor

Gabrielle Caracciolo / WAER News

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.

“Immediately upon hearing the results we reached out to Juanita’s campaign and it became my opinion that we needed to unite for the betterment of the city.  This isn’t about me.  It never was.  It was about what we were trying to accomplish and we are now all united and moving forward.”

Credit Gabrielle Caracciolo / WAER News
Joe Nicoletti reflects on his campaign and why he decided to give his support to Perez-Williams as Working Families Party Upstate Region Political Director (R) Ken Warner looks on.

Nicoletti says it was difficult deciding not to continue on the Working Families Party line but he hopes those who believe in his message will back Williams, as well.  Perez-Williams says she believes the party can come together to move the city in a positive direction for all.

Perez-Williams asked Nicoletti’s supporters to stand behind her.

“All that we need as a city now lies within our reach, if we stand together and contribute our best ideas and efforts.”

Upstate Region Political Director Ken Warner of the Working Families Party also joined in their call for unity and commended Nicoletti’s decision.

“What Joe Nicoletti has done today is very courageous and I have rarely seen it in those 46 years.  He’s one of the good guys of politics because he’s able to look at his opponents, see the good things, stand up and say what I want to do is move forward and make sure that my community comes out for the best.”

Nicoletti says for now he will help to elect a Democratic team across the city and go back to work for the City Council.  Republican Laura Lavine, the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins and Independent candidate Ben Walsh are also running for Syracuse Mayor.

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