Candidates from the 22nd Congressional District

Seven Democrats and one Republican have announced their candidacies for the new 22nd congressional district.

This new district includes Onondaga and Tompkins counties and parts of Ontario, Cayuga, Seneca, Cortland, Schuyler and Madison counties.

Here’s who’s running:


Vanessa Fajans Turner

Vanessa Fajans-Turner is from Ithaca whose platform focuses on addressing climate change and systemic inequality.

She worked as a sustainability professional at the United Nations where she helped develop the development goals unanimously adopted by the UN before beginning work with James Cameron’s climate and rights-focused Avatar Alliance Foundation. indigenous peoples, according to his campaign website. She then co-launched Investable Oceans to accelerate sustainable economic growth across all ocean sectors by connecting climate-conscious investors with climate-friendly ocean startups.

Fajans-Turner is currently executive director of BankFWD, a nonprofit initiative that encourages banks to phase out fossil fuel financing. Vanessa is actively helping lead the implementation of Ithaca’s Green New Deal, the nation’s most ambitious.

Sam Robert

Sam Roberts is a native of Syracuse and has served in the Onondaga County Legislature, New York State Assembly, and as New York State Commissioner for the Office of Temporary Assistance and people with disabilities.

It focuses on maintaining businesses and well-paying jobs, education, improving community policing and supporting public safety agencies, health care, environmental conservation and disaster mitigation. climate change.

Josh Riley

Josh Riley is an Endicott native whose most recent experience is as an attorney who filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing for tougher campaign finance laws and improved health care. health for all, according to its campaign website. Riley has also filed briefs in lower courts arguing for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and improved access to benefits for veterans.

He has also supported legal challenges against the Trump administration’s discriminatory immigration policies, filing arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the Dreamers and opposing the Muslim ban. At other times in his career, Riley helped introduce a bill that provided new funding for addiction treatment and mental health programs and represented children from low-income southern families. Florida who had difficulty accessing health services.

During a fellowship early in his career, he worked on legislation to raise the minimum wage and opposed big business trying to weaken the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Riley is a graduate of the College of Willam and Mary and Harvard Law School.

Chol Majok

Chol Majok is a former “Lost Boy” from Sudan who came to the United States in 2001 and was elected to the Syracuse Common Council in 2019.

He lists workforce development, affordable housing, affordable health care, public safety, education, the environment, infrastructure, and supporting rural Americans as his priorities.

As Director of Workforce Development for the Northeast Syracuse Community Center, Chol helped community members find meaningful jobs and careers that supported them on their journey to safety. financial. Most recently, Chol served as Director of Community Engagement and Homeownership at Home’s corporate office.

Chol received a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 2008, a master’s degree in political science from the University of Albany in 2015, and a doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College in 2020.

Sarah Klee Hood

Sarah Klee Hood is a DeWitt City Council member and Air Force veteran who focuses on affordable health care, childcare, education and expanded careers, paid family leave, jobs and women’s health.

Sarah served as an air traffic controller and created federal-level policy used as a reference today, her campaign website says. As a commander, she fought against discrimination within the ranks of the Air Force.

Hood has suffered four miscarriages in her lifetime, which she cites as her source of passion for women’s reproductive and mental health. Despite the trauma, Hood was able to start a family and became a stay-at-home mom.

Later, she returned to the workforce and implemented software to make transportation more efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

Hood is now the director of a cleantech incubator where she works with scientists and small businesses creating technologies to fight climate change. The incubator has helped businesses flourish, including the region’s first unicorn start-up.

Francois Conole

Francis Conole is a Syracuse resident and Iraq War veteran who currently serves as a commanding officer in the Navy Reserves, where he was recently selected for promotion to captain.

Conole’s campaign website shows health care, the economy of central New York, the environment, election security, women’s health, equality, campaign finance reform, the investment in black and brown communities, criminal justice reform, education, gun violence prevention, rural investment, health insurance and social safety, the opioid crisis and preparations for the next pandemic as its priorities.

Steve Holden

Steve Holden is a Camillus resident and veteran who served four Army deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He now works as the chief financial officer of an organization that helps military veterans secure government contracts.

His platform includes enacting healthcare for all, mitigating climate change, championing racial and economic equality, raising the minimum wage, eliminating student debt, securing the right suffrage, protecting women’s reproductive rights, improving access to mental health for veterans, advocating for LGBT rights, promoting universal background checks on all gun sales fire and the end of “wars and occupations forever”.


mike siger

Mike Sigler is a Tompkins County legislator who represents Lansing.

His campaign website shows crime and policing, inflation, immigration, job creation, national security, education, higher education, innovation, energy, mitigation climate change, health care, honoring veterans, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and fighting the drug epidemic as its priorities. .

brandon williams

Brandon Williams is a Navy veteran and entrepreneur who founded a software company that helps major industrial manufacturers modernize production plants, improve cybersecurity and reduce emissions through advances in artificial intelligence.

Williams earned an MBA with a double major in operations and information management and finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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