SDWNY’s 2013 Endorsed Candidates for the General Election
Dick Dobson has the integrity, the experience and the ability to deliver the change we so desperately need in the Sheriff's office. On LGBTQ issues of justice, Dick Dobson possesses an invaluable understanding of our community's needs, and carries a practiced belief that all women, men and people are equal, and should be treated as such under the law and by the justice system. We are proud to support Dick Dobson for Erie County Sheriff.
Also running in the race are Law and Order Party candidate Bert Dunn and incumbent Sheriff Timothy Howard. Mr. Dunn sought the endorsement of SDWNY during the primary election.
There are few candidates for elected office in WNY who can claim a track record of true, progressive independence in the public eye such as Kevin Gaughan. Kevin Gaughan is everything which is sorely missing in the Erie County Comptroller’s office. He is financially experienced, has a working, tested and proven knowledge of local government beyond question and has shown himself to be the definition of a proud progressive, fiercely independent activist. As Erie County Comptroller, Kevin will be beholden to no one—no political interest, party or faction—other than the best interests of the taxpayers of Erie County. And he will do so as an unabashed supporter of equality for all. Stonewall is proud to support him.
Legislator Tim Hogues
Since his election, Legislator Hogues has been a great, hard-working representative for the people of his district, not the least of which are the LGBT community. As legislator, Tim Hogues has listened to the needs of our community and taken action. We look forward to continuing our work with Legislator Hogues on issues such as the discussed county-wide transgender anti-discrimination bill.
Legislator Hogues lost the Democratic primary by a slim margin to former Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams. Miller-Williams did not seek the endorsement of SDWNY this year; Legislator Hogues remains on the Working Families Party line, and SDWNY recommends a vote for Legislator Hogues.
Legislator Betty Jean Grant
For years, Chairperson Grant has been a vibrant and untiring advocate for the community she represent in the County Legislature. We look forward to working with Legislator Grant on the issues facing our community in the Erie County Legislature, namely the discussed county-wide gender identity and expression anti-discrimination bill.
Legislator Lynn Marinelli
Lynn Marinelli has been a long-time ally of Stonewall, both as a member and as a partner in government. Whether it has been in advocating for LGBT employment protections in Erie County, or being a vocal advocacte for marriage equality when it was not only politically uncommon but nearly unheard of, Lynn Marinelli has proven herself with a time-tested record all her own. Stonewall is proud to endorse her again this year, and support her in all her continued work toward making and achieving progress in Erie County.
Bill Conrad is a candidate of his community who understands his community. Standing for Democratic values of progress, Bill Conrad will be an incredibly strong ally for the LGBT community. When Bill addressed the general membership of SDWNY, many members were impressed with his understanding of our needs and issues, specifically with his experience in LGBT youth issues. Stonewall is proud to support his election to the Legislature.
Mike Schraft is a fantastic candidate for the Erie County Legislature. With a record of service that claims the U.S. Air Force, the U.S Peace Corps and the U.S. Department of State, the residents of Hamburg, Blasdell, Lackawanna and South Buffalo—and all of Erie County—will be so very fortunate to elect Mike Schraft our representative. Mike Schraft is a force; a strong, independent and Democratic voice who will make us all proud in the County Legislature.
Mary Giallanza Carney
Mary Giallanza Carney is an ideal candidate, qualified above and beyond what it will take to be a Family Court judge. She is a proponent of fairness and the human dignity of all people, and understands fully and intricately the needs and concerns of the LGBTQ community.
There are two open seats for Erie County Family Court. During the Democratic Primary, SDWNY also endorsed candidate Paul Crapsi, who did not win the Democratic Primary. Candidate Joseph Jarzembek, who interviewed for endorsement with SDWNY during the Democratic Primary, rremains on the ballot for the General Election on a minor party line. Republican Deanne Tripi, who ran in the Democratic Primary, will appear on the Democratic line in the General Election. Deanne Tripi sought the support of numerous Democrats and Democratic organizations during her primary campaign; however, Ms. Tripi did not seek and ignored SDWNY for the entirety of her campaign.
SDWNY is recommending Mary Giallanza Carney for Erie County Family Court, as the candidate who has what it takes to be a fair-minded and just servant in Family Court.
Endorsement tabled. No endorsement issued.
At our June Monthly Meeting, our general membership voted to table any endorsement in the City of Buffalo Mayoral election.
During the meeting, Stonewall Democrats heard from Democratic candidate Bernard Tolbert. Mayor Byron Brown at no time during this past year responded to our multiple requests for interview and endorsement. No endorsement was made by SDWNY during the primary, and the endorsement has remained tabled since.
Council President Greg Rabb
Council President Rabb makes SDWNY and LGBTQ and allied western New Yorkers proud every day by the work he does in local government and throughout WNY. SDWNY and Council President Rabb have worked tirelessly to advance the equality of LGBTQ and allied people in WNY, and we are so proud to again endorse him in his bid for reelection to the Jamestown council. Council President Rabb received SDWNY's Excellence in Leadership Award this past spring.
Councilmember Kristen Grandinetti
Kristen Grandinetti is a wonderfully impressive, energetic force working for progress and change in Niagara Falls City government. Kristen’s advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of her constituents-- and all people-- is so deeply valued by the WNY community. Stonewall is proud to support her reelection to the Niagara Falls council.
Judge Kevin Keane
Judge Keane has a tremendous record of service in the court and for our community, and stands for the principles of fairness with which all peoples should be treated.
Judge Givens has a long documented career of service to our community through her time as Buffalo City Court Judge, and has proven herself an incredible judge who understands the needs of our community, and treats all people fairly under the law.