Buffalo, NY – In the past few weeks, Political Leaders have pledged to support Amber Small for State Senate in the 60th district. Her positive, energetic campaign, combined with the recent announcement by Marc Panepinto that he will not seek reelection for the seat have prompted leaders across the region to rally behind the progressive community champion Small as the best Democratic candidate to win the seat in November.
Endorsers include the Brant-Farnham Democratic Committee, Mary Julian, Chairwoman of the Wales Democratic Committee and member of the Erie County Democratic Committee, and Diana Cihak, on behalf of Women Elect.
“This district needs a Senator who will commit themselves to bringing back the resources we need from Albany,” said Brant Chair Debra Ritz. “Amber Small will work to ensure we do not waste any opportunities here in the Southtowns and throughout the district.”
"There are only 12 women out of 63 in the State Senate. It is time that we elect the first female Senator from the 60th District," said Wales Chair Mary Julian. “I am proud to endorse Amber Small, not just because she is a woman, but because she is a woman with the right experience and a proven ability to serve her community.”
"WomenElect was started to prepare and support women to run for office,” states Board President and Founder Diana Cihak. “Amber’s experience, accomplishments and lifelong dedication to serving her community makes her the perfect candidate to run in the 60th State Senate district. We are happy to move to the second phase of WomenElect and support 2013 graduate Amber Small as she runs for office."
Earlier this month, Amber received the Woman of Courage, Character and Commitment Award at the Women’s History Month Kickoff from the Women’s Action Committee which is run through Erie County and the Commission on the Status of Women. Amber also was on the panel at Elect Her at UB where she spoke to female students interested in one day running for office. Elect Her is the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office.
Small serves as the Executive Director of the Parkside Community Association. In this role she is an advocate for 2,500 residents, working to enhance their quality of life through crime prevention, traffic calming, fair housing advocacy and more. Amber also serves on the Board of Directors for B-Team Buffalo, and is a member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders council. She proudly serves as Vice Chair of WEPAC, a nonpartisan group focused on increasing female involvement in politics and government. Amber is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and resides in North Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood with her family. New York's Sixtieth Senate District is located wholly in Erie County and includes the communities of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Grand Island, Orchard Park, Evans, Brant, and the City of Buffalo.