Louise Slaughter

Orleans County is saddened to hear of the passing of Louise Slaughter. Louise was dedicated and fair  and represented us well when we were her constituents. It was our loss when we were no longer represented by her.  God Speed, Louise, you will be missed.

NY-27 Petition Signatures Needed

All hands on deck! We have petition sheets for congressional candidates Nate McMurray and Nick Stankevich that need signatures from registered Democrats.  We need to get signatures here in Orleans County. Over one thousand are needed for each candidate throughout the entire district. We have until April 9th to collect them, as they must be in Albany no later than April 12th. The Congressional Primary will take place on Tuesday, June 26, noon – 9:00 PM.

If you would like to sign a petition then send us an email to info@orleansdemocrats.com and someone will bring a petition for you to sign. You can only sign one of the petitions, not both.

If you like, you can also help gather petition signatures. A person should only pass a petition for one candidate. Send an email to info@orleansdemocrats.com and we’ll get you a petition for the requested candidate. Note that you cannot sign a petition sheet that you pass, as the petition requires you to sign as a witness for the signatures that you collect. But, you can still sign a petition that someone else passes – and we can arrange for someone to bring you their petition.


Town Nominations Have Changed

The Orleans County Democratic Committee has updated its rules to change the process for party nominations to town offices. As of this year we will stop using town caucuses and switch to the primary election process. Candidates who desire the Democratic Party line for a town office will need to pass a petition. The Orleans County Democratic Committee stands ready to assist those who have an interest in running for office.

Village office nominations are now the only nominations that will follow the caucus process.

Village of Albion 2018 Candidates

The Village of Albion Democrats held a caucus on Monday, January 29, 2018 to select candidates for the upcoming village election. For Mayor the caucus selected Joyce Riley. For the 2 trustee positions the caucus selected Sandra Walter and Jason Dragon.

Over the next few months our candidates and supporters will be holding a number of events to engage the community. Please feel free to contact any candidate with issues or concerns.

Joyce Riley (585) 733-8462 jxm28ster@gmail.com
Sandy Walter (585) 589-9058  swalter@orleansdemocrats.com
Jason Dragon (585) 589-6646 JasonDragon@live.com

More information to follow soon.

No offshore drilling off New York’s waters

Sharing a message from our Governor …

Dear Fellow New Yorker,

As Governor, it is my duty to protect our state’s coast from environmental threats. The latest threat doesn’t come from Mother Nature but from Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of the Interior, under the Trump administration, recently proposed permitting offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters off the country’s coasts, including New York.

Please join me in telling Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke: No offshore drilling off New York’s coast.

Yesterday, we learned that Secretary Zinke gave Florida an exemption from this offshore drilling decision after a bipartisan outcry. In his statement, Mr. Zinke said he would “take into consideration the local and state voice.”

If Florida gets an exemption, then New York should too.

Our beautiful coastline is crucial to this state’s economy. It supports nearly 350,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars through tourism, fishing and other industries. The risk of an oil spill is unacceptable.

Sign the petition and say no to offshore drilling in New York now.

Protecting our environment for future generations is the right thing to do. Let’s send a loud message to Washington that New Yorkers are united against offshore drilling in our own backyard. We too demand an exemption.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Postcards in Gaines

Some registered Democrats that live in the Town of Gaines received postcards in the mail about our endorsed candidates Susan Heard and Joseph Grube. These postcards were not sent by the Orleans County Democratic Committee. Dalton Mitchell (Dem), son of Debra Mitchell (No party affiliation; Conservative candidate for Gaines Town Clerk), says that he created the postcards.

For this fall’s election 2 Gaines residents expressed interest in running for Town of Gaines office as registered Democrats: Joyce Riley (was Ind., now Dem.) for Councilperson and Toni Plummer (Dem) for Town Judge. No Democrat expressed an interest in running for Gaines Supervisor, Clerk, or 2nd Councilperson.

The Town of Gaines Democrats held a caucus and were happy to nominate the 2 Democrats. With no other Democratic candidates to support for town office the caucus members were then free to nominate (or not) whomever they saw fit. Susan Heard and Joseph Grube were so nominated by the majority of the Democrats who voted in our Town of Gaines caucus. Though both are active Republicans they have reached out and engaged local Democrats at several of our events: including our summer picnic, fall dinner, and candidate meet and greets.

We encourage more Orleans Democrats to consider running for office, joining our town Democratic Committees (where we have many openings), and attending our meetings and public events. Make the Orleans County Democratic Party YOUR Democratic Party by getting involved!

Women’s Equality Day 2017

Tonight, Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York, proclaimed August 26, 2017 as Women’s Equality Day in the Empire State. The day commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Every President from Nixon to Obama has issued a proclamation designating August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

Along with the governor, we urge the President Trump to continue this proud tradition and proclaim August 26 as Women’s Equality Day nationwide.

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 ActBlue.com 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 Chair@livingstondemocrats.org.

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 info@orleansdemocrats.com 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