The minor party candidate Ben Walsh has been elected the new mayor of the Syracuse, New York. Ben Walsh was the candidate of the Independence, Reform, and Upstate Jobs parties. Ben Walsh received 54.4% of the vote, while Democratic Juanita Perez Williams received 38.1%, Green Howie Hawkins received 4.1%, Republican Laura Levine at 2.5%, and Working Families Joe Nicoletti at 1%. Walsh has become the second minor party candidate to become mayor of Syracuse. With the first being Progressive Party candidate Louis Will in 1914. This also bears the distinction that a minor party candidate has one leadership over one of the major cities in New York state.
In addition to Walsh’s victory, these election results also mean that two minor party candidates did better than at least one major party candidates, since the Green Party candidate Hawkins got more votes than the Republican candidate Levine.
These election results may end up giving more momentum to the Upstate Jobs party. The Upstate Jobs party is political group that describes its main focus as pursuing policies to increase the job rates and economic activity in upstate New York. It emerged a few years ago, with its support largely centered in the Syracuse area, and has ambitions of becoming a state recognized party.