State Senate candidate meets students on campus

Monday October 7, 2019Alia Hanai
Austin Morgan with students
Austin Morgan (fourth from left) flanked by Cameron Flynn, Alia Hanai, president of Fredonia Democracy Initiative; Victoria King, Tom Sheffield, Rachel Skeirik, Leander Andrews, Aaron Klock and Joe Vargas, during Mr. Morgan's campus appearance.

Austin Morgan, a 22-year-old running for the 57th New York State Senate seat in a special election in November, visited the Fredonia campus on Oct. 3 to answer questions from students and guests about what it's like to run for political office at a young age.

A Democrat and 2019 graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Austin also spoke about the importance of being democratically engaged and finding ways to be involved in local and state government.

Austin won a special Democratic primary in June and will face George Borrello, a Republican and the current Chautauqua County executive, in the Nov. 5 election to fill the seat formerly held for 13 years by Catharine Young, who resigned in March. He previously served as a college intern and paid staffer for State Senator Leroy Comrie of Queens.

His campus visit was arranged by the Fredonia Democracy Initiative, a student club that aims to involve the student body in the political process by hosting events and meetings with informed and bipartisan perspectives.

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