Press release – May 23, 2017

For immediate release – The Turn 27 Blue coalition is pleased to report that the coalition’s process for identifying and assisting candidates who would like to run for Congress in 2018 against Chris Collins in New York’s 27th district is exceeding expectations. 10 candidates so far have submitted cover letters describing their intentions and resumes; it is anticipated more candidates will follow.

Democratic county chairs in the district along with several grassroots leaders held a meeting with seven of those candidates last Thursday in Batavia; a second session will be offered for candidates who were unable able to attend the first meeting. Each prospective nominee gave a brief presentation and answered questions from members of the coalition. “This was a really exciting event for us,” said Judith Hunter, Livingston County Democratic Chair and Turn 27 Blue coordinator. “We heard from several people who weren’t just plausible candidates but plausible members of Congress. Every single one of them was motivated by the desire to serve the district and its constituents, rather than by a desire to promote themselves or a party or an ideology.”

“What a refreshing contrast to Representative Chris Collins, who is too busy running to cable televisions studios, fending off an ethics investigation for insider trading, and fundraising from pharmaceutical industry lobbyists to be bothered with actually meeting with his constituents to hear their concerns,” said Michelle Johnston Schoeneman of Citizens Against Collins. “These candidates who met with us truly seemed to aspire to the ideal of public service.”

Jeremy Zellner, Erie County Democratic Chair, noted, “We’re laying the groundwork here for success in November of 2018. Each of these prospective nominees has his or her own timeline for announcing, so we’re going to respect that and keep their names confidential at this point. But they’re serious people who are putting in the work, and we want to help them however we can.”

In addition to the ongoing advice the leaders are providing, they have also set up a NY-27 2018 nominee fund on as a vehicle for those want to contribute today to defeating Chris Collins next year.
“There’s just so much energy out there right now to accomplish this, and we’re making sure ordinary voters in the district can do something constructive right now,” said Cynthia Appleton, the Wyoming County Democratic Chair.

Although the Turn 27 Blue leaders want to emphasize that they are open to hearing from more possible candidates, they would like to stress that getting started as soon as possible increases a campaign’s chance of ultimate success. Those who are interested should email a cover letter and resume to Judith Hunter at

Judith Hunter, Livingston County Democratic Chair
Jeremy Zellner, Erie County Democratic Chair
Nick Forster, Niagara County Democratic Chair
Jeanne Crane, Orleans County Democratic Chair
Michael Plitt, Genesee County Democratic Chair
Cynthia Appleton, Wyoming County Democratic Chair
Jamie Romeo, Monroe County Democratic Chair
John Hurley, Ontario County Democratic Chair
Michelle Johnston Shoeneman, Citizens Against Collins
Amber Hainey, GLOW Progressives
Dan Beagley, Indivisible NY 27
Tom White, Sister District of Western New York

2017 Picnic Program Book

The Orleans County Democratic Committee is starting to prepare our yearly program book with information on this year’s candidates for elected offices. Advertisements  in the program book are available for purchase ($100 for a full page ad, $50 for a half page ad, and $25 for a quarter page ad) by businesses, organizations, candidates, and individuals. Contact any committee member by June 24 to purchase an ad. Your support helps our democracy by giving voters more choices come election time. The Democrats of Orleans County are encouraged to make a special effort to support our advertisers.

Run For Office In 2017

If you are a registered Democrat in Orleans County and wish to run for office then please email or call Jeanne Crane at (585) 737-6903. If you are interested in a town office then you can also contact any committee member in your town. If you are interested in a county office then we need to hear from you by May 15. Your local Orleans County Democratic Committee and our volunteer friends can help you throughout the election process. Several county and town offices are up for election this year. Now is your opportunity to get involved and to give Orleans County voters a choice this fall.

Orleans County Offices to be Elected in 2017

Our Local Democratic Party Needs You

The fall 2016 election may be over, but the work of your local Democratic Party continues. And to enable us to have more races go our way, we will need the help of more people like you!

Your Orleans County Democratic Committee performs a number of tasks to help voters have a choice come election day. We help gather petition signatures for candidates who wish to run for office. We hold events to both share information and to fundraise, enabling us to support campaigns. We help to register new voters. We have a presence at community events. We buy yard signs for candidates, ask our neighbors if they want one, and take signs down after the election. We work elections to help out voters on election day. A lot of this work isn’t hard, but we can always use more people to help out. Whether you have a few hours a month to spare or just a few hours a year – you can make a big difference.

Though we can use the help of everyone in Orleans County, we have fewer members from towns on the west and east sides of the county. This past election has shown that we can’t afford to let our presence be weak in any rural area. So, if you would like to support your local Democratic Party please consider contacting us at to get involved. You can also contact anyone on the Committees or Officers pages to find out more. We are stronger together!

Feel free to also send us an email even if you would just like to be added to our mailing list for upcoming events.

Western NY Democrats for Tom

Please consider joining the Western NY Democratic County Chairs (Cindy Appleton, Jeanne Crane, Joyce Cwiklinski, Nicholas Forster, Norman Green, Judith Hunter, Michael McCormick, Michael Plitt, and Jeremy Zellner) for a Reception to Support Tom DiNapoli in 2018. The reception will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Frank Lloyd Wright Walter Davidson House, 57 Tillinghast Pl, Buffalo, NY.

The rate for a County Committee Member/Young Professional is $75 and for an Individual is $150. Sponsorship levels are also available. To RSVP go to

Spring 2017 Democratic Forum

The Orleans County Democratic Committee is proud to present a Democratic Forum with Sarah Hart Clark, Deputy State Director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. This forum will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Curtis Room of the Hoag Library in Albion. Topics to be addressed: Immigration, Farm Labor, and the Rural Economy.

These Forums are quarterly opportunities for Democrats to share information and views about important issues affecting Orleans County.

Call or Write Chris Collins

You don’t have to wait to the next election to have an impact on issues that are important to you. Please consider making periodic contact with Congressman Chris Collins, so that he is reminded about the diversity of views in Western New York. Every letter and phone call is important and could make a difference in keeping a Republican Federal Government from going off the deep end.

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Local Office Phone: (716) 634-2324