Candidates

The People Behind the Signs

By Matt St. Jean, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 7, 2017

First day of snow and sub-freezing temperatures? No problem for these supporters. Video produced by (c) 2017 Matt St. Jean.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – With the sun barely over the horizon and snow in the forecast three brave souls ventured into the Syracuse morning to advocate for their preferred candidate and for people to get out and vote.

“You want to make a difference, you want to do something for your community,” said Tim Carroll, campaign volunteer for Ben Walsh, who’s running for Syracuse mayor as an independent candidate. “My wife and I are both out here and we feel very strongly that this is a critical election for our city.”

They voted right when the polls opened at 6 a.m. and then got out on the street to encourage others. Jan Arway has worked for Democrat Juanita Perez-Williams’ campaign since January and today is a culmination of all her and her co-workers efforts.

“I’m excited! It’s the day,” Arway said. “You have no idea, we’ve been waiting for this day since January.”

The mayoral race in Syracuse is a nail-biter. In the most recent Syracuse.com poll, Walsh has a two point lead over Perez-Williams. The margin of error of 4.3 percent.

With such a tight race, the street corner campaigners emphasize the importance of making time to get to the polls.

“It’s important and you don’t want to take it for granted,” Keith Neijstrom, a Perez-Williams volunteer, said. “If everyone votes and participates, it better reflects the people’s preferences and people have a more confidence in the outcome of the election.”

The polls close tonight at 9. To find a location near you refer to the map below: