GREECE, N.Y. (WROC) — A Greece native is making state history as the first ever openly autistic candidate to run for state assembly.
Dylan Dailor is vying for the 134th district seat as a democrat.
Dailor said it’s been a long process, but he’s ready for this challenge. He’s been endorsed by the Monroe County Democratic Committee.
Dailor wants people to know that he’s on the spectrum, and that he can be a good candidate for what others like him need.
“It’s an honor honestly,” said Dailor.
Dailor is a 20-year-old SUNY Brockport student, an Allendale Columbia graduate, and the first openly autistic candidate to run for state assmebly.
“When I realized where I stood historically, I realized that I really would’ve appreciated having someone like me when I was a kid. And when I was eight I looked up to President Obama because it was historical,” said Dailor.
He said he’s always been interested in politics, but some time spent in the hospital last year is what pushed him to run.
“I realized that someday I was planning on having kids, and my child would probably look at me and ask how I tried to make a difference during this time. And if I didn’t have a good enough answer then I was going to be quite embarrassed,” said Dailor.
His platform is education reform and eliminating corruption in government.
He said that after conversing with him, his doubters would likely change their minds.
“There were certainly questions about if an autistic 20-year-old guy could go do-to-door and do the work that’s necessary, but I think most people who take the time to sit down and actually talk to me, that gets dispelled out of their minds,” said Dailor. “Win or lose, a new group of people need to be told, just like me when I was eight years old, that we can really accomplish anything right now. Anyone can run for office.”
Dailor said one of his key campaign promises is to take $30,000 of his own salary to buy school supplies for teachers. He said he wants to get a bill passed so teachers don’t have to spend their own money on supplies.
The 134th district is made up of the towns of Greece, Ogden, and Parma. This is a seat held by Peter Lawrence, who isn’t seeking re-election.
Dailor will be running against Greece Town Councilman Josh Jensen.