Six candidates for both local and state offices came together at Faith Temple Community Church in Elmira Sunday morning.
In attendance were Chemung County Judge candidates Chris Baker and Scott Moore, state senate candidate Leslie Danks-Burke and Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblyman Chris Friend, and state assembly candidate Bill Batrowny.
They were there to have a meet and greet with the congregation and to briefly speak about their campaign platforms with potential voters. Many parishioners said they’re a little overwhelmed by this election season, and being able to meet and speak with candidates one-on-one is helpful when deciding who to vote for.
“It was very helpful, I think we should really pay attention to learn more about it and be you know really consecutive about what’s going on,” parishioner Lorraine Abrams said. “And to hear these candidates come to be with us today. I thought it was awesome and to hear their opinion. I thought it was very, very, awesome.”
While many factors influence a voter’s choice of candidate, parishioner Aaron Quinitchett said his new job as a New York State Trooper will play a big role in making his decision.
“It definitely changed the way that I’m going to look at it,” Quinitchett said. “There has to be some type of benefit to law enforcement. If they feel some type away towards law-enforcement or their policies are going to benefit me in some type of way it’s definitely going to be a factor in how I’m going to vote.”
Sen. Tom O’Mara and state senate candidate Leslie Danks-Burke will debate on Monday night, you can watch the debate on WETM at 7 p.m.
As for the presidential race, nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet again Wednesday Oct. 19 for the third and final debate.