Wednesday, January 6, 2016

3 Democrats seeking John Katko's seat in Congress will appear at public forum

Three Democrats seeking the party's designation to take on Rep. John Katko in the race for Congress will appear together at a public forum for the first time on Thursday.

Colleen DeaconSteve Williams and Eric Kingson have agreed to attend the forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Manlius Library, according to organizers from the Manlius Democratic Committee.

The candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions from committee members, said Nancy Durkin, chair of the Manlius Democratic Committee.

"We're trying to give everybody a taste of who these candidates are, and hopefully learn more about their platforms," Durkin said.

The forum will be open to all residents of the four-county 24th Congressional District, Durkin said. The event will take place in the community room of theManlius Library at 1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius.

Deacon, 38, of Syracuse, is the former Central New York regional director for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's office.

Williams, 52, of Baldwinsville, is a partner in the Syracuse law firm Smith Sovik.

Kingson, 69, of Manlius, is a Syracuse University professor and co-founder of the national group Social Security Works, a group that advocates to strengthen and expand Social Security.

If the candidates face each other in a Democratic primary, the election date would be June 28. The 24th Congressional District covers all of Onondaga, Cayuga and Wayne counties and the western half of Oswego County.

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