College Democrats of New York

College Democrats of New York is the official college outreach wing of the New York State Democratic party. As an affiliate of College Democrats of America, our goal is to empower young progressives one student at a time. We are committed to electing strong progressive Democrats in the state of New York and across the country.

College Democrats of New York Endorse Juanita Perez Williams for Syracuse Mayor

ALBANY N.Y. –– The Executive Board of the College Democrats of New York (CDNY) voted to endorse Juanita Perez Williams (D-Syracuse) for Mayor of Syracuse, replacing Stephanie Miner who was elected in 2009 but cannot continue as Mayor due to term limits.

Juanita Perez Williams has served in an array of positions including Lieutenant Commander in Navy Judge Advocates Program, Associate Dean of Students at Syracuse University, Assistant Attorney General appointed by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and Corporation Counsel appointed by Mayor Miner. Most recently, Perez Williams served as the Regional Director for the New York State Department of Labor. This extensive leadership experience underlies our support for Perez Williams.

If elected, Perez Williams could make history as the first Latina mayor in New York State. Sarah Epelman, President of the College Democrats at Syracuse University, said, “I find myself believing in the power of Juanita more and more each day. Her campaign has been run with such determination that I can only imagine what her time as mayor would look like. Juanita Perez Williams is a fighter who wants to stand for the people of Syracuse. This has been noticed in her past work and current campaign. As a Latina woman, she looks to represent not just the average citizen, but those whose voices get lost in the crowd.”

With only two days until election day, the race for Syracuse Mayor is neck-in-neck between Perez Williams and Ben Walsh, an independent candidate who has attracted some Democrats’ support. However, with Democrats accounting for 55% of city voters, it is imperative that Democrats come together to support one candidate who will best serve Syracuse. CDNY stands behind Perez Williams and commends its chapters in the region for mobilizing college students for Perez Williams, a forward-thinking, experienced individual who motivates our generation of young, aspiring future leaders.