Today's NY-26 Vote: Women Are the Candidates and Issues (Not Image) Rule

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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.

Columns today suggest what kind of spin to look for; warn us about how to read the results; and wonder whether we can read anything into them at all.

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:

Jill Writes Like She Talks

In The Arena: Jill Miller Zimon, Pepper Pike City Council Member


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