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About Chol

Chol was born in South Sudan. One of the “Lost Boys” of South Sudan, he came to the United States in 2001 as a refugee and became a U.S. citizen. Chol’s lived experiences continue to shape his agenda to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to live the American dream.
Chol is a 2004 graduate of Fowler High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in 2008, an MA in Political Science from the University of Albany in 2015, and his Doctorate Degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in 2020. 


Chol believes in listening and bringing community input into the political arena. He worked in the New York State Senate for Senator Martin Golden as a Senate Fellow and for Senator David Valesky as Community Engagement Representative. As the City of Syracuse Director of Constituent Services under Mayor Stephanie Miner, he listened to neighbors and brought their concerns and ideas back to City Hall.

As Workforce Development Director for the Syracuse Northeast Community Center, Chol helped community members find pathways to meaningful jobs and careers that supported them in their path towards building financial security.

Chol was elected to the Syracuse Common Council in 2019 and again in 2021. As Syracuse’s 3rd District Councilor, Chol chairs the Council’s Public Safety Committee. Under his leadership, the Council advanced police reform legislation. Chol moved stalled “Right to Know” legislation out of committee, giving Syracuse citizens access to information when stopped by police. Working with Councilor Patrick Hogan and the Syracuse Police Department, Chol responded to neighbors’ complaints and introduced legislation putting restrictions on illegal dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles on city streets and public spaces. Chol collaborated with the Mayor’s Office to increase the Citizen Review Board budget to investigate more cases. He worked to provide much needed upgrades to Fire and Police Department equipment. 
Chol also served as Director of Community Engagement and Home Ownership at Home HeadQuarters.

In 2022, Chol was a candidate for Congress in the new 22nd Congressional District. His campaign was focused on inspiring participation from community members who have been historically overlooked and unrepresented in the political process.

He is currently a Manager of Workforce Development at Loretto, overseeing partnerships and developing pipelines of workforce opportunities.

Chol and Abiei have been married for twelve years. They are proud homeowners in Syracuse’s Elmwood neighborhood. Together, Chol and Abiei have six children: Akuch (11), Gop (10), Majok (8), Akau (6), Yar (4), and Agoot (10 months). 

They are members of the Diäŋdït Episcopal Chapel, where Chol serves as the Senior Warden. Chol is also an executive member of the New American Forum (NAF), and Program Chair for OnPoint for College.

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