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PEF PAC continues political endorsements process

PLANNING TO INFORM VOTERS – Karen Danish (Left), and PEF Vice President Sharon V. DeSilva (Right), joins the PEF retirees October 1 at the Colonie Elks Club for their monthly meeting. The group prepared to do phone banking and door-to-door visits to support PEF-endorsed candidates. Election Day is November 6. — Photo by Bill Wurster


As the national and state political process moves forward toward the general election November 6, PEF continues to tweak a few of its candidate endorsements. The vast majority of these endorsements was made by the Executive Board at its August meeting and was published in the September issue of The Communicator (Page 10 and 11).

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voteBecause the endorsements for some seats were left unmade by the board and it will not meet again before the general election, the PEF Political Action Committee is taking up some of those endorsements after the September 13 primary elections determined which candidates will actually appear on the November ballot. Since some candidates that were endorsed in August were eliminated by the primary election, some endorsements being made now are replacing candidates selected by the PEF board in August.

The PAC met September 20th and made the following post-primary endorsements:
U.S. House of Representatives
• 18th Congressional District (Orange, Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester counties) – Sean Patrick Maloney;

NYS Senate
• 13th Senate District (Queens County) – Jessica Ramos;
• 18th SD (Kings County) – Julia Salazar; and
• 53rd SD (Madison, Oneida and Onondaga counties) – Janet Burman;

NYS Assembly
• 18th Assembly District (Nassau County) – Taylor Raynor;
• 39th AD (Queens County) – Catalina Cruz;
• 104th AD (Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties) – Jonathan Jacobson;
• 107th AD (Washington, Rensselaer and Columbia counties) – Tistrya Houghtling; and
• 117th AD (Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties) – No endorsement

Additional endorsements may be forthcoming when the PEF PAC meets again in October prior to the union’s 2018 Convention in Lake Placid. — Sherry Halbrook

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