Tomorrow is an important day at the polls in Western New York. Its importance cannot be stressed enough. Tomorrow, the Democratic Primary in New York State will, in many elections, determine the future of our Stonewall issues such as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and Marriage Equality.
As we have been working to all year, we have to work the hardest we can (and then some) to protect our current elected officials, like Assemblymember Sam Hoyt, who have always been our most vocal and effective champions in Albany. We have to work to protect our Senator Antoine Thompson, who was the only “Yes” vote for Marriage Equality in the Senate late last year.
And we have to work to bring in the new class of officials, where there is a need for change, such as in the 58th District. The General Election will afford us tremendous opportunities in Senate Districts such as 56 and 59, where stellar progressive candidates like Robin Wilt and Cynthia Appleton are running to win Republican seats for the Democratic party—the only Party in NYS supportive of the LGBT community (though, of course, the Democratic Party is not without its problems.) ….
SDWNY’s 2010 Endorsed Candidates for the Democratic Primary Election
New York State Attorney General:
From fighting for marriage equality to passing hate crimes and anti-bullying legislation, Eric Schneiderman is a lifelong progressive leader who has always been a strong voice for justice on behalf of all New Yorkers. Eric has always been on the right side of equality, and there is no doubt he will be an outstanding Attorney General.
New York State Legislature:
Assembly District 144:
Assemblymember Sam Hoyt
Sam Hoyt’s long history of supporting civil rights is one closely linked to the history and evolution of the Stonewall Democrats. Always, Sam has been with us. And again, we will be with Sam. Sam has worked tirelessly to support legislation such as the Gender Non-Discrimination Act, the Dignity for All Students Act and Marriage Equality.
State Senate District 60:
Senator Antoine Thompson
Erie County Court:
Judge James McLeod
Judge McLeod is the Democratic candidate, who holds the values of integrity, inclusion and fairness for all people. Throughout his career, Judge McLeod has been a true friend to the LGBT community, and we are thrilled to support him in the Democratic Primary.
City of Buffalo Common Council, Ellicott District:
Councilmember Curtis Haynes Jr.
SDWNY’s Well–Qualified NYS Supreme Court Candidates: Judge Eugene M. Fahey;; Judge E. Jeannette Ogden; Judge Betty Calvo Torres; Judge Debra L Givens; Attorney Catherine Nugent Panepinto
Endorsed General Election Candidates (With no Democratic Primary Opponents)
New York State Senate, District 59:
New York State Senate, District 56:
*All candidates in races received endorsement questionnaires and follow up candidate inquiries. Visit www.sdwny.org to view endorsed and non-endorsed candidate questionnaires in their entirety. *