By: Alan Chartock | WAMC

Upstate New York’s 22nd House district is getting a new representative.

WAMC’s Alan Chartock interviews independent candidate Martin Babinec as part of the Congressional Corner series. Take a listen!

Interview Part 1: Why are you running for Congress as an independent candidate?

Host Alan Chartock grills Babinec about the purpose and path involved to run as an independent candidate.

Interview Part 2: Who is Martin Babinec?

Born and raised in Little Falls, NY, Martin Babinec came from humble roots before working as a civilian for Navy Exchanges and starting a company in a new industry. Today his company, TriNet, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. With over 13,000 customers TriNet is considered the six largest employer in the country, employing 3500 people. Martin is a believer in staying true to his values. He has been an independent voter his entire life, and that’s why he’s running for Congress as an independent. He is largely self funded, having sworn off taking special interest PAC funds. Most recently Martin started the nonprofit Upstate Venture Connect with a mission to connect first time entrepreneurs with the resources they need to start high growth companies in Upstate NY. By breaking down the geographic and institutional silos, UVC helps connect entrepreneurs to mentors, capital and more so that local talent can build companies and create job opportunities for our region.

Interview Part 3: What does Martin Babinec believe?

In the history of District 22 the seat has been held by a fiscally conservative person with some issues towards the center on social issues. Martin fits this profile more than any other candidate in the race. Here’s where he stands on caucusing, endorsements, foreign policy, gun rights, abortion, education, trade deals, climate change, special interest funding, term limits and more.


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