With our very lives and quality thereof in the balance this November I think it is very clear we have no choice but to vote for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine on November 8. In the history of this Republic I don't think we've ever had a major party nominate so massively an incompetent candidate as Donald Trump. Trump doesn't understand the rudimentary workings of government nor has he any desire to learn. Ignorance and incompetence are bad enough, add to it bigotry we have to do our level best to keep him from the White House. The forces of intolerance are emboldened as I've never seen them before in my 69 years because of his candidacy. It's Hillary or oblivion as far as I'm concerned and I know I'm not alone.
Sitting on the Democratic Executive Committee of Erie County as I do I'm glad of the fact that in a small way we endorsed successfully several highly competent women candidates for office. For the two Supreme Court Justice vacancies running are Lynn Keane and Grace Hanlon both highly qualified attorneys. Grace Hanlon is in addition one of our own and she would be the first openly gay Supreme Court Judge in our region.
Last year I was part of a lobbying group that met with now disgraced Assemblymember Angela Wozniak where we talked about GENDA and banning Conversion Therapy. After that Angela made a fool of herself trying to demagogue 'the bathroom bill' and then decided after a sexual harassment scandal she wasn't going to run. Jumping into that race was law professor Monica Piga Wallace and she is the Democratic candidate in the 143rd AD covering Cheektowaga, Lancaster, and Depew. At the Executive Committee she told me that she got into the race precisely because she hated the GOP demagoguery on transgender rights. I am real proud to urge your support of her.
Proudest of all I am happy to urge your support of Amber Small for State Senate in the 60 SD which has had one checkered history. When I first moved here it was represented by Anthony Nanula and I was part of it in Allentown. It has had one checkered history since.
Every two years we strive for that elusive control of the State Senate which means so much to us. Transgender rights, banning of conversion therapy, banning of the gay panic defense, care for our LGBTQ elderly and so on, these things will at least get a debate and a vote we're guaranteed that if the Democratic caucus controls the Senate. Look how long it took to get SONDA and Marriage which might have been accomplished decades earlier with the Democrats in control.
Amber Small is emphatically for all these things, her opponent is not. She is pro-choice her opponent at best waffles. She is for the Safe Act her opponent courts the National Rifle Association. That is particularly important to me having spent 23 years working at NYS Crime Victims Board and paying for God knows how many funerals for gun violence victims. And we're both pet owners and Amber Small is big on animal rights. I've heard the past couple of days what a fine man her opponent, what a great philanthropist how his family has benefited Western New York. All that to me is irrelevant and should be to you. He runs on the Republican and Conservative Party lines, the parties of Trump/Pence, Collins, and Paladino.
To empower that party once again in the State Senate is bad for all of us, especially our young and most vulnerable and the elderly of which I'm part of now.
Two more races of interest in Chautauqua County Jason Perdue, head of the Jamestown Pride Committee is running for State Assembly. That would be something, the first one of us elected to the State Legislature from Western New York.
Finally I urge your strong support of John Flynn for District Attorney. Our position in terms of law
enforcement is the pits in this region. Coming from New York City I know exactly what we lack in this region and we sure didn't get meaningful support from the past couple of District Attorneys in this county. John's opponent is registered Conservative Joseph Treanor running on the GOP and Conservative lines. It's critical to get someone sympathetic in both the Sheriff and DA offices in this county.
As someone who was a victim advocate in working life I've heard too many stories of intolerance and incompetence from law enforcement, sometimes both on the same case since I moved here.
Far more per capita than I heard from in New York City. One thing that John Flynn did say that impressed me was that at one time the DA worked with the police from the gitgo on homicides.
The ghosts of our brothers Christopher Rudow and William Foster still cry for justice from January of 2010. That will be done again pledges John Flynn.
After Orlando we cannot afford to take our civic responsibilities lightly. Make sure to vote this year for president on down and please give the candidates I've suggested your support and vote.
Bruce Kogan is a former president of Stonewall Democrats of WNY