Democrat Group Endorses Ben Walsh


Coalition of Syracuse Democrats Break Ranks with Party, Announce Support for Independent Candidate Ben Walsh. Event Disrupted by Juanita Perez Williams Supporters shouting in Spanish.

(Syracuse, NY) An independent group of active Democrats have started a grass roots campaign supporting independent Mayoral Candidate Ben Walsh. While unaffiliated with the campaign, Dems for Ben is an organization that is gaining a strong following of Syracuse Democrats who are looking for independent, inclusive leadership in the November 7 Mayoral election in Syracuse.

Rise Above

Initially launched through a Facebook group unattached to Ben Walsh’s campaign, founder Khris Dodsen created the organization to give local Democrats seeking other options for city leadership a voice for seeking a candidate who is not beholden to any political party. Dodson, a community leader, has been helping the Syracuse area in a variety of roles focused on environmentalism and social change.

The group publicly endorsed Walsh at a press conference outside of the historic Westcott Theatre at noon Thursday September, 21st  in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse.

Juanita Perez Williams Supporters Interrupt Walsh Campaign Event

The event didn’t go as planned as supporters of  the Juanita Perez Williams campaign stood across the street in front of Mom’s Diner,  disrupting the occasion by chanting slogans in Spanish. They calmed down after being asked. But chanting resumed and continued after the scheduled event had formally ended. For an account of the incident that occurred at the Walsh Campaign announcement click Here.

According to Walsh, “It’s refreshing to see concerned, passionate citizens make a stand to support doing what’s right for the City of Syracuse. I believe that all leadership should be collaborative, and engage with citizens of all parties, in the spirit of a shared vision for the city. Seeing a group of registered Democrats seeking their own choice, and not the choice they’re directed to make, speaks to our commitment to work across party lines to help Syracuse to truly Rise Above.”

Ben Walsh at Westcott Theater

As former Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the city of Syracuse, Walsh has been instrumental in helping strengthen neighborhoods and businesses in the City of Syracuse for years. A recipient of the 40-Under-40 Award, Walsh currently serves as the president of the Board of Trustees at The Gifford Foundation, and sits on the board of a variety of foundations focused on growing Syracuse.

Ben Walsh is an independent candidate running for Mayor in Syracuse. His mission is to unite Syracuse through independent leadership and a collaborative approach to city government. To learn more, please contact Kristy Brightman Frame at 315-345-0129 or email at kristy@benwalshformayor.com. Walsh for Mayor. #RiseAbove.