Syracuse, NY (May 26, 2017) – Andrew Maxwell released the following statement today regarding the Syracuse Mayor’s race:
I want to, once again, congratulate all of the candidates who recently participated in the Onondaga County Democratic Party’s designation process. After extensive thought and consideration, and after speaking with friends, family, and supporters, I have decided to suspend my campaign for Mayor of Syracuse.
The last several months have been some of the most challenging and rewarding of my life. Lindsay and I are so thankful for the outpouring of support we have received – from before I announced my candidacy right through today. The phone calls, emails, texts, social media support, donations, and volunteer hours – even in the bitter cold – mean more than I can say, and I am eternally grateful to all those who invested their time, energy, and hard-earned dollars. I am proud of the positive, progressive, issue-based campaign of integrity and ideas our team ran in trying to secure the Democratic Party’s designation.
As a young, first-time candidate for public office, I knew going into this campaign that having institutional Party support would be crucial to long-term success. I ran this race to win, and unfortunately, without the support of the Party and with a crowded field, I believe my path to victory has essentially closed.
While we came up just short, I think we surprised many and have helped awaken the local Party and community to the need for a more inclusive and forward-looking trajectory. I hope that along the way I have helped show other young people that public service can be an honorable profession and that with vision, ideas, and hard work, you can make a difference. For those of you left discouraged by this process and this outcome, I urge you to stay involved. The change we seek will not be realized in our absence.
Some people have asked me what I will do next. My passion is working for the betterment of the people of the city of Syracuse. That is why I entered this race, and that is what will continue to motivate me in the years to come. For now, I am looking forward to finally taking Lindsay on a honeymoon, and then participating in this year’s elections in the most basic but important way – as a private citizen and voter. I encourage everyone in this community – especially young people – to come out and make your voices heard. Tell the candidates about the Syracuse you want to live in, work in, raise your families in, and build for the future – and support the candidates who will help get us there. That is what I will do.