The Batavian interviewed candidates for NY-27 both in the special election and in the GOP primary.
Our original plan was to interview Chris Jacobs, Nate McMurray, and Duane Whitmer, running in the special election originally scheduled for April and later interview the GOP candidates.
With that in mind, we interviewed McMurray in February at the Richmond Memorial Library. Then the pandemic hit before we could schedule the next interviews.
We were unable to return to the project until late May, early June, at a time when interviews could only be conducted remotely. Outside of this different setting, we strove to conduct the interviews in a similar style.
The goal of the interviews is to try and uncover the political philosophies of the candidates and how that affects their thinking on some big issues.
This is the interview with Chris Jacobs.