Despite a few years of dramatic political upheaval in our country – especially the past few months contending with the COVID-19 virus and economic turmoil – we are blessed in this area and in our nation with some outstanding candidates for political office. These are people who still believe our democracy is worth investing in and offer their time and energy in that pursuit.
Amy Martoche is running for New York State Supreme Court. Judge Amy has a stellar judicial career capped by her deep involvement with the Buffalo area’s Human Trafficking Intervention Court, the first such court in the state outside of New York City. This court assists the victims of human trafficking, many of whom struggle with drug addiction. Judge Amy is a life-long Western New Yorker and has been a Buffalo City Court Judge since 2011. A graduate of Cornell and University at Buffalo, she was an attorney in private practice for 11 years before becoming a judge.
Nate McMurray is running for Congress in the NY 27th District. Nate is an attorney and a former supervisor for the town of Grand Island. He speaks several languages, but the most important language he speaks is one of respect and willingness to engage with everyone, even those who don’t agree with him politically. He actually shows up for town hall style meetings (a huge change from what NY 27 residents have been used to with our past several congressmen!) and engages with everyone. His warmth and ability to care about his potential constituents speaks volumes as to the exceptional congressman he would be if elected.
Joe Biden hails from Pennsylvania but went to Delaware for college before earning a law degree from Syracuse University. He returned to Delaware, won a seat on the New Castle County Council, then became a U.S. Senator. He was Vice President of the U.S. from 2009 to 2017. About Joe Biden, President Barack Obama said, “The best thing about Joe is that when we get everybody together, he really forces people to think and…to look at things from every angle….” Oh, for a president who makes us think and who looks at problems from all sides – those were the days! Joe, like Nate, is a nurturing person, eager to meet others and hear their ideas on the issues of the day. He believes in making sure citizens have health insurance, in protecting the environment, in equality for women, LGBTQ, and racial minorities, and in reaching consensus among disagreeing parties rather than tossing verbal bombs to further divisiveness.
Our local area and our nation are worn out from four years of ranting, ignorance, unrestrained racism, and lies, lies, lies. Let’s vote for those who will get our democracy moving again and who will offer HOPE for the future.
I respectfully ask for your votes for Amy, Nate and Joe. Absentee ballots can be obtained now and early voting starts in polling places Oct. 24.