Today's NY-26 Vote: Women Are the Candidates and Issues (Not Image) Rule
By Jill Miller Zimon on May 24, 2011
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Just a few weeks ago, the special election race today in Western New York's 26th Congressional district (follow results at WNY Media) could have been identified primarily with a former member of Congress Chris Lee sending half-naked photos of himself over his cellphone.
But today, New York's 26th is voting to replace Lee -- and it's voting on the issues, thanks to two veteran woman candidates: New York State Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R) and Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul (D). Both candidates have run and won political office before. They are both mothers, so we don't have to worry about one trying to use that status over the other.
And each woman's campaign has been characterized by concern about the issues -- in particular, Medicare.
Personally, I'm just thrilled that two women are facing off and that neither is a novice. We should really keep an eye on that and recognize that -- regardless of the political positions with which you affiliate -- if you want to see more candidates of our gender on the ballot, we need to actually get in there, like Corwin and Hochul.
More on Corwin, Hochul and New York's 26th District:
- RESULTS: In what many are calling an upset, Democrat Kathy Hochul is projected to win the seat.
- Blow to GOP Medicare Plan? from Women Born Transexual
- Data from the Huffington Post
- Multiple links about the NY-26 race from GLOW Democrats
- ElectWomen.org on the race today