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Going 'virtual' for votes: Dana Balter plans online town hall meeting
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Going 'virtual' for votes: Dana Balter plans online town hall meeting

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Dana Balter fields questions from the audience during a town hall meeting in Auburn in 2018.

The coronavirus pandemic won't prevent Democratic congressional candidate Dana Balter from participating in one of her favorite campaign activities: holding town hall meetings. 

Balter, D-Syracuse, will answer questions during a "virtual" town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16. The event is free and open to the public. 

Balter's campaign is asking interested voters to RSVP at forms.gle/nse7vXV7tXrDL46q8. Once you fill out the form, you will be sent a link to join the virtual town hall. 

The online town hall will be hosted on Zoom, a video conferencing platform that gained popularity during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

"I'm looking forward to talking with people from across our district about the issues they care about most," Balter said in a statement. "The COVID-19 crisis highlights some serious challenges with our healthcare and economic systems that we need to address."

She continued, "We have to keep these important conversations going even while people are staying home to keep their families and our communities safe. The virtual town hall is a great way to do that." 

Balter is vying for the Democratic nomination in the 24th Congressional District, which includes the western portion of Oswego County and all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties. 

She will face Francis Conole in the Democratic primary on June 23. The winner will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko in the general election. 

Balter has signed the Town Hall Pledge, which is a commitment to hold a minimum of four public forums annually. When she last campaigned for Congress in 2018, she pledged to hold at least four town hall meetings a year if she was elected to the House of Representatives. She plans to hold at least one town hall meeting a year in each of the district's four counties. 

Politics reporter Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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I have been The Citizen's online producer and politics reporter since December 2009. I'm the author of the Eye on NY blog and write the weekly Eye on NY column that appears every Sunday in the print edition of The Citizen and online at auburnpub.com.

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