Thompson Files Petitions for Primary Election; challenger exceeds required signatures

Antoine Thompson (D), candidate for the NYS Assembly 141th District and lifelong Buffalo activist dedicated to strengthening and advancing his hometown community, today announced the filing of his nominating petitions for the September 9th Democratic Primary Election.  In making the announcement, Thompson stated that his petition signatures far exceed the number required.

“Over the last month, I have gone door to door throughout the 141st district, aided by over 100 volunteers, talking to voters and asking for their support,” Thompson said.

“Those efforts resulted in more than 7,500 voters signing to add my name to the primary ballot and pledging their vote to return me to Albany as their government representative.  I am pleased that my candidacy can inspire a response of 15 times the necessary signatures to place my name on the ballot. I am also dedicated to serving the constituents of the 141st district who clearly understand the need for a greater focus on jobs and putting people back to work and are raising their voices for new leadership to accomplish those goals.”

Thompson is running for the 141st NYS assembly seat on a platform of improved job training and employment opportunities, small business and neighborhood development and educational advancement.  As a former Buffalo councilman and New York State Senator, Thompson has the necessary government experience to serve the 141st district.  As a lifelong citizen of Buffalo, Thompson knows the challenges of his community and possesses a passion for meeting and answering those challenges.

 

Former State Senator Antoine Thompson with former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Len Lenihan during the 2008 presidential election.
Former State Senator Antoine Thompson with former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Len Lenihan during the 2008 presidential election.

ABOUT ANTOINE THOMPSON: Antoine Thompson is a lifelong resident of Buffalo, currently running for the New York State Assembly in the 141st District. Antoine’s public service career began in 2001when he was unanimously appointed as a member of the Buffalo Common Council representing the Masten District. During his tenure Thompson became known for his dedication to advancing small businesses, supporting community organizations and advocating for fair housing and women /minority business owners.  In 2007, Thompson was elected as the New York State Senator for the 60th District, representing Erie and Niagara Counties.  He served two full terms assuming leadership responsibilities as the Senate’s Deputy Majority Whip, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and Co-Chair of the Senate’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Taskforce. In December of 2012, Thompson was appointed Executive Director of the Buffalo Employment & Training Center (BETC), the second-largest publicly run employment and training center (one stop center) in New York State, serving youth, adults and dislocated workers. Currently, in addition to his candidacy, Thompson is the sole owner and founder of Next Level WNY, a cultural and entertainment magazine.  He is also a licensed real estate agent with Realty USA, the largest privately-owned real estate company in NYS. Thompson is a member and usher at Calvary Baptist Church and the father of Deja L. and Joseph A. Thompson.

For more information:

http://antoinethompsonforstateassembly.com/  https://www.facebook.com/antoine.thompson.7

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