SYRACUSE — The Madison County Republican Committee has endorsed Sam Rodgers for New York’s 53rd Senate district.
“Sam Rodgers is the best Republican candidate we have seen for this seat in eight years,” Madison County Clerk Michael Keville said.
A resident of Syracuse with his wife, Jenna, Rodgers is the newly admitted Onondaga attorney and a former Syracuse University Football player. In a release from his campaign, Rodgers said he is committed to investing in the Central New York community. Rodgers lead by example on the Syracuse University football team, inspiring his teammates to serve in the community by participating in open gyms, speaking at events, and launching an organization to fundraise for brain cancer research.
When he was offered a position to join a Manhattan Law Firm after graduating from Cornell Law School, Rodgers turned it down, saying “I found my heart for service as a captain of the football team and now have the legal tools to make an effective advocate for Central New York.”
At Cornell, Rodgers was elected as the executive editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a Mock Trial finalist. He also worked as a Summer Associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, LLP, where he did extensive pro-bono work. After graduating, Rodgers accepted a job with the Onondaga County Law Department.
“Jenna and I are excited to stay in Central New York,” Rodgers said. “We truly believe it’s the place to be and the best is yet to come. To harness this potential, we need leaders capable of inspiring a generation to see Central New York for its positiveness and work to change the negatives. I look forward to learning, listening, and advocating for constituents with a variety of backgrounds who live all across the district.”
At the Madison County Republic Committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Rodgers was chosen as the designated candidate for the Senate’s 53rd district.
“Madison County is vital to our campaign and should be seen as vital by your representatives,” Rodgers said. “This community is diverse, ranging from dairy farmers and college students, each of you having your own points of policy interest. I will not be a candidate who sticks to my comfort zone. Rather, I’ll continue meeting people district-wide and working to defend their interests. As your representative, your interests are mine and it will be my purpose to work for you.”
When Chairman Todd Rouse called the official vote for Rodgers’s nomination he said he “...saw a sea of hands raised.”
“Sam has inspired each of these committee members like we haven’t seen in a candidate for this seat in quite some time,” he continued. I am committed to supporting his race and our committee will be working hard to get him elected in November.”
“Sam Rodgers’ priorities and motives for serving Central New York in the State Senate are inspiring,” said Keville. “I’m excited to have a true partner in Albany who understands the important issues of public safety, economic growth, and pushing back against the wild actions of the current one-party system.”
“I am honored to have received the endorsement from Madison County Republicans,” Rodgers said. “It is a giant step in our campaign. This endorsement is step one, but now it’s time to get the ground game going and get to work. We cannot win our fight to defend Central New York without Madison County voters.”
The 53rd senate district seat is held by Rachel May, a Democrat, from Syracuse, who was elected to the seat in November 2018 after defeating then incumbent David Valesky of Oneida in a primary earlier in 2018.