BACKGROUND: Hollister, 29, of Rochester owns an information technology consulting firm and is a native of Rochester. Hollister started his consulting business at age 18 from his apartment after high school. He also helped small startup businesses to flourish through a mentoring program and teaching computer skills at the local Boys and Girls Clubs. He also worked as an information technology specialist at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Hollister also volunteers in helping bring city children on wilderness excursion and a volunteer emergency medical technician, according to WHAM TV in Rochester. He is married.
ISSUES: Hollister said he is running for lieutenant governor because he wants to raise his family in the state, but sees obstacles in the state’s economy and the long-term lack of substantial job growth upstate. He was prompted to run by the regulations and other impediments he faced starting his own business. He ran unsuccessfully for Rochester City Council a year ago before he turned to a statewide office. “I’m running because New York is my home,” Hollister said. “My wife and I are planning for our family and we want the absolute best for our children,” he said on his campaign Facebook page. “Right now, New York doesn’t provide that.”