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Political newcomer looks to unseat Onondaga County Legislature chairman

Ellen Abbott
Tim Rudd recently announcing his intention to run for the Onondaga County Legislature.

A political newcomer is running for the seat on the Onondaga County legislature, currently held by legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon. Tim Rudd says he’s a candidate in the district that includes parts of the city of Syracuse and the town of Geddes.

Rudd had one issue to talk about in his introductory news conference: campaign ethics.

"I think that it will resonate, because I think people are worried about what interests are being represented when decisions are being made," said Rudd. "I think it’s important to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, in order to ensure you’re serving the people of the county."  

Rudd has been working in public policy jobs in New York City over the past six years before recently returning to central New York. He says campaign spending will be a main focus of his campaign. 

"I'm a citizen of New York state who over the last few months has seen political leaders investigated and sometimes charged with monetizing their office," he said. "The pay to play culture in this state is rampant and it’s getting worse. Far too often money and influence guide policy decisions rather than good ideas and robust debate."

Rudd says he will not accept campaign donations over $250 and is challenging McMahon to do the same. 

The entire county legislature, as well as the county executive and the district attorney are up for re-election this year.