Campaign #119: Jen Lunsford for NY State Senate, District 55
Postcards to Voters’ mission is to elect Democrats to office up and down the ballot all across the country. We have an opportunity to help a True Blue Democrat (Jen Lunsford) take a seat away from a conservative Republican incumbent in a blue district in upstate New York.
New York’s 55th District has 22,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans. It went for Hillary by 18 points. The New York State Senate has been controlled by Republicans for 76 of the last 79 years. Of the 63 sitting Senators, only 14 of them are women.
If elected, Jen’s seat could literally mean the difference between a Democratically-controlled Senate or two more years of Republican road blocks. Rich Funke, the current incumbent, has only held the seat since 2014. He unseated a Democrat owing in large part to the fact that he was a locally-famous news anchor. Since taking office he has held no town halls, no public forums, and rubber-stamped the Republican agenda in Albany.
Jen Lunsford is ready to change all of that. She is an attorney, the mother of a toddler, and a community activist who wants to give the people of this district a public servant who actually wants to serve the public. Jen is going to make sure that New York passes the Reproductive Health Act, which codifies the protections of Roe v. Wade at the state level.
Jen will help pass essential voting rights reforms like same day voter registration, automatic voter registration, no excuse absentee voting, unified state and federal primaries, and reform NY laws so that more people have a voice in the primary process. She will also ensure that our teachers are evaluated by their local districts, based on actual student outcomes, not standardized test scores. Jen supports the New York Health Act, which ensures that all New Yorkers have access to healthcare with no out of pocket costs. And, she will work hard to find ways to bring down the cost of childcare so that more families have the choice to return to work after having a child.
We are going to write to every Democratic voter and introduce them to Jen. She and her team will do the education about her opponent’s record with all their other planned communications. You and the thousands of other volunteer writers will stay on the positive and explain why it’s important they vote for her.
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