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Western New York Independent Living giving voters a chance to meet candidates

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Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:15 pm

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, every educated voter is critical to our community.” 

So said the Western New York Independent Living Family of Agencies. To support this idea, for the 40th consecutive year, WNYIL is giving voters with and without disabilities the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, officials running in the Nov. 3 general election at the annual “Meet the Candidates Days.”

A press release said, “WNYIL, being committed to the voice of persons with disabilities, especially within the challenges of this pandemic, is moving the event virtually this year to continue to offer this important forum. With individual campaigning at a minimum this year, this gives voters the chance to hear from officials running for several different offices.

“Candidates running for local, state, and federal office will be given the opportunity to talk to, and hear from, constituents via our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/WNYIL. Already scheduled to appear include candidates running for Congress, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, as well as several candidates running for local offices.

WNYIL Chief Policy Officer Todd Vaarwerk pointed out that, “even during the pandemic, legislators will still make decisions about the things that matter to persons with disabilities. ‘Meet the Candidates’ allows them to know, directly from potential constituents, how important those decisions are.”

The New York state and federal races “Meet the Candidates Day” will be from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. The local races (Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties) “Meet the Candidates Day” will be from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Both can be accessed at WNYIL’s YouTube channel. For those without internet access who want to listen to “Meet the Candidates,” call 1-425-436-6200, access code 595227.

The Western New York Independent Living Inc. Family of Agencies offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

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