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Third-party candidate seeks to present alternative to Buerkle, Maffei in Congress

Ursula Rozum, Green Party candidate for the 24th District congressional seat, speaks on Earth Day at a rally.

Ursula Rozum, Green Party candidate for the 24th District congressional seat, speaks on Earth Day at a rally.

— Ursula Rozum has politics in her blood.

“My family is from Poland, and my grandparents were active in the Polish resistance to the Nazi occupation, and my parents were active in the Solidarity movement that eventually brought down Communism in the Eastern Bloc,” Rozum said. “So I grew up in a family that was always very politically opinionated and active in the U.S. I’ve been active in politics and organizing locally, not for very long, only for four years.”

Her political heritage, combined with the choices she faced on the ballot, prompted her to put her name in the running for the 24th Congressional District along with Republican Ann Marie Buerkle and Democrat Dan Maffei.

“You have to keep sight of how change has come about historically, and it’s been third parties that have brought us things from Social Security to the abolition of slavery. So while it’s exhausting and soul-crushing, you remember why you’re doing it, and it’s for progress, and because we deserve better.”

  • Ursula Rozum

“I decided to run because I was looking at my choices, and I felt that there really wasn’t anyone that represents the future of where I believe and people that I know believe we need to go, a future that is more fair with a more stable climate and a more peaceful world,” Rozum said. “I feel that my opponents don’t represent a vision for the future. They’re kind of stuck in that partisan bickering that we see today that really isn’t getting us anywhere. I felt that a lot of people really wouldn’t have a choice in their selection.”

Rozum, 28, a Bishop Ludden graduate, went on to study political science and Latin American literature at Magill University in Montreal. She then returned to Syracuse and is now employed by the Syracuse Peace Council. She has never run for office before, but she said her knowledge base qualifies her for Congressional office despite her lack of experience.

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