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Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected], 212-274-7294

Endorsements Include Jessica Ramos for Senate District 13, Zellnor Myrie for Senate District 20, Robert Jackson for Senate District 31, Alessandra Biaggi for Senate District 34, and Melissa Sklarz for Assembly District 30

NEW YORK – Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC today proudly announced its first endorsements for the 2018 New York State election cycle. Endorsements will be rolled out leading up to the September 13 primary, and the general election in November.

“Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC is thrilled to endorse this slate of candidates to represent our communities. We need leaders in Albany who understand that sexual and reproductive freedom is a right, not a privilege, and who will fight to make New York the progressive leader it should be,” said Laura McQuade, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC. “With the constant attacks from Washington, it has never been more urgent that lawmakers in Albany pass legislation that will protect New Yorkers’ access to abortion and affordable birth control.”

PPNYC Votes is proud to endorse Jessica Ramos for Senate District 13, Zellnor Myrie for Senate District 20, Robert Jackson for Senate District 31, Alessandra Biaggi for Senate District 34, and Melissa Sklarz for Assembly District 30.

Alessandra Biaggi, born and raised in Senate District 34, is challenging incumbent Jeff Klein and has championed sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout her campaign, demonstrating a robust and nuanced understanding of reproductive rights and justice.

Jessica Ramos, challenging incumbent Jose Peralta, was raised in Senate District 13 and has spoken at length about protecting sexual and reproductive rights in New York and called for a special session to pass the Reproductive Health Act.

Robert Jackson in Senate District 31, challenging incumbent Marisol Alcantara, is committed to fighting for economic justice, quality sex education, and access to birth control and abortion for all New Yorkers.

Zellnor Myrie in Senate District 20, challenging incumbent Jesse Hamilton, is committed to fighting for sexual and reproductive health and rights and makes thoughtful connections between health and intersecting issues including criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and housing.

Melissa Sklarz in Assembly District 30 is challenging incumbent Brian Barnwell and has demonstrated a robust commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and has a clear understanding of the range of issues affecting her district, from housing to transportation to education. She would be the first transgender person elected to New York State’s legislature.

Candidates for all seats were asked to complete a questionnaire. Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC staff and board members also interviewed candidates. The following is a full list of PPNYC Votes PAC endorsed candidates representing New York City with primary challengers, as well as a full list of PPNYC Votes PAC’s endorsements.

ENDORSED CANDIDATES WITH PRIMARY CHALLENGERS:  

New York State Senate

SD 13: Jessica Ramos (D)

SD 20: Zellnor Myrie (D)

SD 31: Robert Jackson (D)

SD 34: Alessandra Biaggi (D)

                                        

New York State Assembly

AD 30: Melissa Sklarz (D)

AD 69: Daniel O’Donnel (D)

 

FULL LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS:

 

Statewide:

Governor: Andrew Cuomo (D)

Lieutenant Governor: Kathy Hochul (D)

Comptroller: Tom DiNapoli (D)

 

Senate:

SD 12: Michael Gianaris (D)

SD 13: Jessica Ramos (D)

SD 16: Toby Ann Stavisky (D)

SD 19: Roxanne Persaud (D)

SD 20: Zellnor Myrie (D)

SD 21: Kevin Parker (D)

SD 25: Velmanette Montgomery (D)

SD 27: Brad Hoylman (D)

SD 28: Liz Krueger (D)

SD 31: Robert Jackson (D)

SD 33: Gustavo Rivera (D)

SD 34: Alessandra Biaggi (D)

 

Assembly:

AD 25: Nily Rozic (D)

AD 30: Melissa Sklarz (D)

AD 31: Michele Titus (D)

AD 38: Catherine Nolan (D)

AD 41: Helene Weinstein (D)

AD 52: Jo Anne Simon (D)

AD 66: Deborah Glick (D)

AD 67: Linda Rosenthal (D)

AD 69: Daniel O'Donnell (D)

AD 75: Richard Gotfried (D)

AD 76: Rebecca Seawright (D)

AD 79: Michael Blake (D)

AD 83: Carl Heastie (D)

Additional endorsements may be announced periodically and will be posted on the Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC’s website atwww.ppnycvotespac.org.

 

For an interview, please contact Carrie Mumah at [email protected] 212-274-7294.

 

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Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC is a political action committee that works to elect candidates who support our communities and the full range of sexual and reproductive health care services. PPNYC Votes PAC engages in electoral activity at the state and local level, including candidate endorsements, canvassing and phone banking in support of candidates, voter education, and grassroots organizing.

 

Paid for by Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC.