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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, May 27

NY State Board of Elections

First hour: Updates from the Libertarian Party

Second hour: How to move into the summer season during a pandemic

How is the nominating process changing for political parties as a result of the pandemic? This hour, we discuss that question with local members of the Libertarian Party. The party moved its presidential nominating convention and a convention to elect party officers to Zoom and YouTube. Our guests talk about the process, and share additional updates from the party, including their selection for a presidential candidate. Our guests:

  • Tony D'Orazio, chair of the Libertarian Party of New York
  • Kevin Wilson, chair of the Monroe County Libertarian Party

Then in our second hour, if you had fallen asleep in early February and woke up now, in late May, would you know by looking around you that you'd be living in a global pandemic? The warm weather this past weekend showed people are eager to be outside. There were big parties and backyard gatherings, people congregating in public spaces, and fights in different parts of Rochester -- with many people not wearing masks or face coverings. How do we move into the summer season, keep re-opening, and adjust our behavior appropriately? And now should we be having conversations about that? Our guests weigh in:

  • Willie J. Lightfoot, president of the United Professional Barbers and Cosmetologists Association (UPBCA), Inc., and vice president of Rochester City Council
  • Jane Dodds, former medical practice manager 
  • Brenden Drew, vice president of business development for Abbott's Frozen Custard
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.