Central New York, Community, Government, Syracuse

Juanita Perez Williams Will Run for Congress

Juanita Perez Williams hugs a supporter after losing in the 2017 Syracuse mayoral election. (c) 2017 Prena Dadlani

By Chris Thomsen SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Former Syracuse mayoral candidate Juanita Perez Williams informed the Onondaga County Democratic Committee yesterday that she will be running for Congress in New York’s 24th district.

Perez Williams will be running against Dana Balter and Bill Bass in a primary election that will take place on June 26. Balter, a relatively unknown figure in Central New York politics, is the county Democratic Party’s designated candidate.

Perez Williams traveled to Washington, D.C. last November to meet with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and several members of the House of Representatives, all of who pushed her to run for the seat. But she publicly stated in January that she would not challenge Representative John Katko in the midterm elections.

She is expected to describe her change of heart at tonight’s Syracuse University Democrats meeting, where the group plans on endorsing a candidate.

Perez Williams was the Democratic nominee in last year’s mayoral election, defeating Joe Nicoletti in the primary election. She lost to independent Ben Walsh in the general election in November.