Syracuse Speaks- The Importance of Local Elections

Oct 30, 2019

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 turnout in 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 Votes Chanel Turnquest, Syracuse University Political 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. 

Have an idea for Syracuse Speaks? Contact Producer Kevin Kloss at kfkloss@syr.edu.