2022 Candidates Series

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Join CenterState CEO this October for our 2022 Meet the Candidates Series. The series begins with a Meet the Candidates Reception, a face-to-face opportunity for CenterState CEO members to meet candidates for office across Central New York. This event promises great conversations in a relaxed atmosphere with the people who will be on the ballot Nov. 8. 

On each of the three Tuesdays following the reception, CenterState CEO will host a Candidate Forum. There will be two virtual forums for competitive state senate races to represent Central New York in Albany. The last forum will take place in person, Nov. 1, at the CNY Biotech Accelerator.

Schedule of Events:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Meet the Candidates Reception, featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the patio at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo (event will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather).
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m. - Candidate Forum (virtual) for the 48th state senate district, featuring Julie Abbott (R) and Rachel May (D).
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4:30 p.m. - Candidate Forum (virtual) for the 50th state senate district, featuring John Mannion (D) and Rebecca Shiroff (R).
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Candidate Forum for the New York’s new 22nd district for the U.S. House of Representatives, featuring Francis Conole (D) and Brandon Williams (R). This event will be held in person at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, in Syracuse, followed by a reception where the candidates will be invited to engage directly with CenterState CEO members.

During each forum, candidates will be invited to speak individually and will be asked the same questions.

Cost: CenterState CEO members can attend all events in the 2022 Meet the Candidate Series, including the two in-person events and the two virtual events with a single admission ticket for $50.00

The Candidate Series is supported by CenterState CEO’s 2022 Policy and Advocacy sponsors: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Fotokite, JMA Wireless, and Quadrant Biosciences.

Event Time

Oct 12th 2022
04:30 PM to 06:30 PM


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Event Type

CEO - Government Relations