APRIL BASKIN / ERIE COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 2
April Baskin, a rising star in local politics, has worked hard and earned the right to be re-elected to the County Legislature, and we proudly endorse her candidacy. She has proven herself to be a transparent, sensitive, knowledgeble, effective leader; not hesitating to embrace such issues for example, like the fight for worker’s rights, affordable housing and decent transportation. She has brought Sheriff Howard’s feet to the fire in the case of the death of India Cummings. “The holding center is a place for people who are offenders of the law go and await a trial and await a sentencing,” said Baskin, who called Howard in to speak to the Public Safety Committee which she chairs.“It is not some place where they should be dying.”
Our support for Ms. Baskin goes beyond her extraordinary rise in the Legislature, first as Majority Leader and then as the youngest person to be elected chairwoman of the Erie County Legislature by her colleagues. We are impressed with her understanding of the importance of balancing politics with humanness. She understands many of the harsh and unfair realities a great number of her constituents face. This single mother of a beautifull young daughter is more than a pretty face. There is depth and a steely determination behind that nice smile. And she tries to govern with a steady hand and open mind. Legislator Baskin has made amazing strides in just one year in office. We can’t imagine what she can accomplish given the support and opportunity to continue on her political journey. Join us in helping her along the way by re-electing Erie County Legislator for the 2nd District, April Baskin on Tuesday June 25!
ESTHER SMOTHERS / LOVEJOY DISTRICT
Esther Smothers started her community activism when she was encouraged by then councilmember Beverly A. Gray to intern in her City Hall office. Over the years she worked for various city and county government officials from Mayor Brown to the Poloncarz administration and former Legislator Betty Jean Grant. As a result Ms. Smothers possesses a wealth of knowledge and insight into the workings of city and county government. After experiencing a “Tale of two Buffalo’s ” first hand, she decided to run for Lovejoy district councilmember in order to utilize her skills to bring equitable resources, programs and economic development to neighborhoods in our community. Said Esther: “I realized that many areas of my community had not seen a ray of light of our New Revitalzed Buffalo.” Her only option she concluded was to “stand up, carry the torch, utilize the 15 years of local government constituent service experience, and be the change I want to see!” We believe Esther possesses the sensitivity, strength of character and independence to make a fine representative. On a historic note, if she wins, she will become the first African American to represent the Lovejoy District. We strongly endorse her candidacy and ask our readers to join us in voting for Esther Smothers in the upcoming June 25th Primary election.
NATE BOYD / MASTEN
Nathan L. “Nate” Boyd is a candidate for the Masten Disrict Council seat. He has displayed the kind of energy and independence that is needed on the Common Council. He may not lay down in front of a truck, but his direction is clear: “A councilman is supposed to be the people’s advocate,” he said recently. We agree. And for that reason, we proudly endorse Nate Boyd’s candidacy for Masten District Council Member.
Mr. Boyd was an activist long before he decided to enter the political arena. Over time he became a “Nate Boyd Facebook Live” celebrity; a hero to many as we went about the business of bringing injustices and neglect in the district to light, which usually resulted in positive action. His advocacy ranged from exposing the many problems of public housing and BMHA to helping young mothers who are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous landlords, to identifying and cleaning up vacant lots used for dumping in Masten.
The good news is that win, lose or draw Nate will continue his public advocacy. But getting elected will give him an even greater platform for the much needed work he is dedicated to.
Please join us in going to the polls and voting for Nathan L. “Nate” Boyd for Masten District Councilmember Tuesday, June 25th!!
KATRINNA MARTIN/ LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 1
Katrinna Martin is one of the most qualified, dedicated, conscientious candidates currently running for office. We are impressed with her vision and her track record of activism (which includes national recognition.) She has a solid plan for progress and we are proud to endorse her in the race for Erie County Legislator for District 1. When Ms. Martin called into the Community Hour talk show on WUFO 93.7 a few weeks ago, she was impressive. “I’m ready to lead this community” she declared. A Registered Nurse of 16 years with 22 years of experience in the healthcare field, her community advocacy dates back to 2005. She was the first African American Democratic zone chairman in Cheektowaga and is a currently a Democratic Committee Member in Erie County and president of Young Black Democrats of NY . Her platform includes improving the Department of Health; improving the Erie County Holding Center and extending the summer youth program to last year round to keep youth busy and active. Improving transportation and the county’s job training program is also part of her program in addition to starting a Rural to Urban Nutrition Coalition to further address the “food deserts” in communities that need them most. For more information go to vote.katrinna.com
Please join us in voting for Katrinna Martin, for Erie County Legislator 1st District on Tuesday, June 25!
TINA SANDERS /FILLMORE DISTRICT
The Fillmore District is a unique place that requires a special leader to take it to the next level. We believe that Tina Sanders is that person and we proudly endorse her in the race for Fillmore District Councilmember. Tina, the only woman running in that race, has the ability to bring fair and equitable governing to that diverse community. Ms. Sanders is a people person; a compassionate individual who has shown her loyalty to others through the leadership of her not-for-profit organization No More Tears. A strong advocate for children, she is running on a platform of commitment and change and pledges to: turn blighted streets back into neighborhoods; Bring entrepreneurs and new businesses to the District; Establish an office in the Fillmore district and police absentee landlords; embrace our immigrant community; and be a strong advocate for redistricting and the Central Terminal. She also wants to target the over 5,000 empty lots in Fillmore, which are ripe for development. Tina, through her organization No More Tears, works with the police department and other crime advocates across the country to reduce crime, solve homicides and be a resource to families. She has 3 biological children and has adopted 12 children over the years as a foster parent. Tina sees the council seat as a way she can bring about much needed change to the district she has lived in for more than 20 years. Her biggest strength is her resourcefulness and integrity. Please join us in voting for Tina Sanders, Fillmore District Councilmember on Primary Election Day, Tuesday June 25!
RASHEED WYATT /UNIVERSITY DISTRICT
It is an honor to endorse University District Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt for re-election. Mr. Wyatt has served in office for the past five years and has worked hard to bring the district together. He has grown University from 8 to 30 block clubs and focuses on empowering and organizing residents; ensuring that their voices are heard. He recently announced that a long planned Street Scape plan for Bailey Avenue would soon begin. Mr. Wyatt is an exemplary leader who is well aware of his district’s great potential. He represents about 30,000 residents and his basic platform is community engagement and doing his best to keep residents informed. “It’s not always my way it is the community’s way,” he recently stated. Please join us in voting for Rasheed Wyatt, University District Councilmember on Primary election Day, Tuesday June 25.