PEF-endorsed state legislative candidates do well in April 24 special elections
By SHERRY HALBROOK
PEF endorsed candidates for the state Legislature in seven of the 11 special elections held April 24 to fill vacancies in the Assembly and Senate. Four of the candidates that PEF endorsed were clear winners. The results of one other election was too close to be called on election night. Those results are still under review by the affected county boards of election.
Winners of these special elections will serve until their terms end December 31 of this year. All seats in the state Legislature including these will be up for election in the November 6 general election. Winners of those elections will take office January 1, 2019.
Special elections were held in April to fill two seats in the state Senate, representing districts 32 and 37. Both of the candidates that PEF endorsed, Luis Sepulveda in SD 32 and Shelly Mayer in SD 37, won their races. SD 32 is in the Bronx, and SD 37 represents Westchester County.
The other nine special elections in April were for seats in the state Assembly. PEF endorsed candidates running in five of these districts: AD 5 and AD 10, Suffolk County; AD 102, Delaware County; AD 107, Rensselaer County; and AD 142, Erie County.
PEF-endorsed candidates Doug Smith in AD 5 and Steve Stern in AD 10 won their races. Cindy Doran, AD 107 and Patrick Burke, AD 142 were not elected. PEF endorsed Aiden O’Connor in AD 102, but that race was too close to call immediately after the election.
The deadline for county boards of election to receive the ballots of military personnel voting in these races is May 7. The boards may certify the results of these elections later in May.
Members of PEF’s regional political action committees are bracing for a hectic schedule of screening candidates and reviewing their voting records this summer in preparation for the union’s endorsement process. Typically the regional PACs make their recommendations for candidate endorsements to the PEF statewide PAC, which then votes and makes its recommendations to the union’s Executive Board for action at its August meeting.
If you would like to become an active member of your region’s PAC, please contact your regional coordinator, who may be reached through your PEF regional office.
“Serving on a PEF PAC is hard work, but it also is very interesting and worthwhile because the insights you gain and the rapport you can establish with lawmakers and other activists can make an important difference on many issues that affect PEF members, their families and their communities,” PEF President Wayne Spence said. “It is a real service to the union and to the public.”