Black Leadership Coalition: Candidate Forum

(Syracuse, NY – October 26, 2020) — Candidates running for public office will participate in a Before the Ballot Candidate Forum hosted by the Black Leadership Coalition of New York (BLC). The forum held via Zoom on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. will also be live-streamed on the BLC Facebook page Forum moderators are Christopher Montgomery, Gina Iliev, and Sam D. Robert II. The Before the Ballot forums provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the candidates and their views on important issues in our community. As part of a commitment to bipartisanship, all parties have been extended an invitation to participate. Confirmed Congressional and State-Level forum participants include: asterisk indicates incumbent


*Rachel May (D) – Senatorial Candidate: District 53 

Sam Rodgers (R) – Senatorial Candidate: District 53 

John Mannion (D) – Senatorial Candidate: District 50 


Dana Balter (D) – NY24 Congressional Candidate
*John Katko (R) – NY24 Congressional Candidate



Any voter who has a question to be considered for the forum can email  “Candidate Questions” to: Gina Iliev by Tuesday, October 27, 11:59 p.m. EST.  Audience members will be able to submit questions on our social media platforms during the live-stream. Due to time constraints and the number of candidates, not all questions will be asked.  Questions should be on the issues and applicable to all candidates. No personal attacks or biased questions will be accepted.  


The Black Leadership Coalition encourages everyone to register and vote. We also want to remind voters that if you have moved since the last time you voted, you need to update your voter registration to cast your ballot in the general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.


 Black Leadership Coalition of New York, a nonpartisan organization, encourages citizens’ informed and active participation in government. BLC works to increase understanding of public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We create spaces of conversation around issues impacting Black people. We believe those in office and those seeking office must be held accountable for the policies they seek to implement and must speak clearly to communities of color.\


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