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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, November 3, 2022

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First hour: Discussing how changes in New York election law have impacted third parties

Second hour: Mark Johns and Mike DiTullio, candidates for Monroe County Legislature in the 8th District

For the first time since 1946, New York voters will have only two candidates for governor on their ballots. That's because in 2019, former governor Andrew Cuomo helped push through changes that make it much more difficult for third parties to get on -- or stay on -- the ballot. We discuss the new rules, and what that means for parties not named Republican or Democratic. Our guests:

  • India Walton, senior advisor for special projects in Western New York for the Working Families Party
  • Stevie Vargas, regional director for Citizen Action of New York, and chair of the Rochester Chapter of the Working Families Party
  • Howie Hawkins, write-in candidate for governor for the Green Party
  • Larry Sharpe, write-in candidate for governor for the Libertarian Party

Then in our second hour, the Monroe County Legislature has been mired in a tumultuous year, with Democratic Party infighting and a group of leaders who have failed to secure an agreement for a permanent public defender. We focus on one of the races that could determine the balance of power. Our guests:

  • Mark Johns, Republican running for Monroe County Legislature in the 8th District
  • Mike DiTullio, Democrat running for Monroe County Legislature in the 8th District
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.