Greater Manlius Chamber takes on politics

The Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce announced July 21 that it will be holding its largest event yet -- a political breakfast to include declared candidates that cover national, state or local positions elected by town of Manlius voters.

"We have held similar events for local elections, but we haven't ever reached out to the statewide and national candidates before," Chamber President Marc Baum said. "Part of the benefit of being a larger chamber is that we can invite the big name candidates to come to events like this."

The Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce merged with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce in June.

The event will give business owners and voters an opportunity to get one-on-one time with candidates from all levels, Baum said.

"We have received positive responses from gubernatorial candidates, U.S. congressional candidates, a U.S. senate candidate, as well as an attorney general candidate," he said. "We also have received positive responses from state assembly and state senate candidates, and from the Onondaga County sheriff candidates."

The Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce has more than 250 individual and business members from all over Central New York's Eastern Suburbs. The chamber plans to release a list of expected guests the first week of August. Updates will be available at the chamber website, manliuschamber.org.

The breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 18 at the Cavalry Club on Troop K Road in Manlius, and the public is welcome on a first come first serve basis. Cost is $5 and $7 for a buffet-style continental breakfast.

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