Today, the Working Families Party is announcing our first three endorsements for New York State Senate: three progressive women who are running against members of the Independent Democratic Conference.
The IDC is a breakaway conference of State Senators who were elected as Democrats but who have formed an alliance with Trump Republicans in the State Senate, preventing progress for all of us for years.
The Working Families Party is proud to endorse these three progressive women who are standing up to launch primary challenges against IDC incumbents in their districts:
- Born to Colombian immigrants, Jessica Ramos is a mom, renter, and lifelong straphanger who has spent her working life in public service and is known for her years of work in the labor movement and community organizing. She’s running against Sen. Jose Peralta in the 13th Senate District in Queens.
- Alessandra Biaggi, a native of Pelham, has been an outspoken champion for women’s rights and has worked to empower women in politics her entire working life. She just launched a primary challenge to IDC Leader Sen. Jeff Klein in the 34rd Senate District in the Bronx and Westchester.
- Rachel May has dedicated her life to education, serving as a teacher and college professor at Syracuse University, and has been a grassroots activist fighting for education, the arts, and the environment for decades. Now she’s challenging IDC Sen. David Valesky in the 53rd Senate District in Central New York.
We’re proud to support these courageous women as our first three endorsements for State Senate in 2018 — and we’re gearing up to elect them and other Working Families Democrats who will stand for us in Albany by voting for progressive leadership. But it’s going to take a groundswell of contributions from grassroots supporters like you to make this happen.
The IDC-Republican alliance hurts New Yorkers every day. That’s why we’re going all in to elect Rachel, Alessandra, and Jessica and other candidates like them who will stand for working families in Albany, not the 1%.
Together, they will work with Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to make New York a state that works for all of us by demanding the wealthy pay their fair share, protecting our rights, expanding health care, improving public education, fighting climate change, reforming the criminal justice system, strengthening our democracy, boosting affordable housing, fixing our public transit system, and more.
In the face of constant attacks from Trump and Republicans in D.C., we think it’s time New York elected more Working Families Democrats like these — not Trump Democrats like the members of the IDC who vote to keep Republicans in power.
It’s long past time to empower women leadership in the State Senate and put an end to the division that has prevented real progress for working families. But the IDC and their Republican allies are going to have some big advantages on their side, including the power of incumbency and massive amounts of cash from their corporate donors.
Working Families Democrats are going to need the resources to win, and we’re counting on a surge of grassroots contributions from supporters like you to make it happen.