Eight who won’t wait: women candidates make history this year

Katrinna Martin, candidate for County Legislator (District 1) and Esther Smothers, candidate for Common Council (Lovejoy District).

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, eight women, joined in solidarity to celebrate their successful bids to appear on the ballot of the upcoming Primary election will gather at The Main Street Gallery located at 515 Main Street from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. 

Never before in the history of Erie County politics have this many women run for office, and made it onto the ballot.  What matters to these particular women is not that they are colleagues and opponents, but that they are all women.  It promises to be an exciting primary.

On this 99th anniversary year of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution (which granted women the right to vote), these women are looking to be the voice of change in districts that are wholly or partially within city limits.  2020 is going to be an important year not only in local politics but nationwide and these eight women want to play an integral role.  It is the year of the Census and subsequently, the year new geographic lines will be drawn outlining the boundaries of each electoral district. 

Currently, those lines have ensured the continued incumbency of elected officials whose agenda has not always included the rights and issues of women.  It is sometimes questionable whether the lack of gender inclusion at decision-making tables has been by design or default.  At any rate, these women are looking to empower themselves to have seats at those tables.

Esther Smothers, Candidate for Lovejoy, Tina Sanders, Candidate for Fillmore, Jennifer Strickland, Candidate for Masten, Veronica Golden, Candidate for Masten, and Kathryn Franco, Candidate for University District, Katrinna Martin, Candidate for Erie County Legislative District #1, and Cindi Mceachon, Candidate for Erie County Legislative District #3.

They will be available to answer questions from the community about their respective platforms and intentions.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information please Christy Glover at (716) 400-2847.

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