Eligibility and Process
The New York State Federation of Democratic Women believes that endorsing candidates for elected office is a positive way to ensure that women's voices are represented in governmental decision-making and legislation. To that end, we will endorse candidates running for office at the state level in the general election who meet our criteria for endorsement and who respond timely to our questionnaire. By committing to support the issues we promote and advocating for them after they are elected, endorsed candidates will help raise awareness of our mission, bring forward issues of importance to women and be accountable for their actions on our behalf.
Which candidates are eligible?
All gender identities
Those running on the Democratic line for non-judicial, statewide or state level office
Those who support the objectives and policy positions of the NYSFDW
Which candidates are not eligible?
Those running in a primary
Those running on the Republican line
Anyone who sympathizes with, who are members of or who have supported any extremist group, individual or ideology
What is the process?
Eligible candidates download and complete a questionnaire.
Candidates must make themselves available for a virtual interview, if requested by our Endorsement Committee.
Endorsements will be announced in the fall, followed by an Awards Dinner where our endorsed candidates will have the opportunity to network and talk about their campaigns. The NYSFDW will not release the names of candidates seeking our endorsement, nor will it make public individual candidate responses.
The NYSFDW will promote our list of endorsed in the media once the process is complete.
Assemblymember Didi Barrett (AD-106)
Assemblymember Harry Bronson (AD-138)
Dan Butterman (AD-122)
Assemblymember Sarah Clark (AD-136)
Chris Eachus (AD-99)
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy (AD-109)
Jill Fieldstein (AD-105)
Assemblymember Pamela Hunter (AD-128)
Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre (AD-11)
Assemblymember Anna Kelles (AD-125)
Dana Levenberg (AD-95)
Assemblymember Jennifer Lunsford (AD-135)
Assemblymember Donna Lupardo (AD-123)
Matthew Mackey (AD -101)
Andrew McAdoo (AD-112)
Assemblymember John McDonald (AD-108)
Assemblymember Karen McMahon (AD-146)
Assemblymember Gina Silitti (AD-16)
Sara Spezzano (AD-133)
Assemblymember Phil Steck (AD-110)
Assemblymember Latrice Walker (AD-55)
Assemblymember Monica Wallace (AD-143)
Assemblymember Carrie Woerner (AD-113)
Senator Neil Breslin (new SD-46)
Senator John Brooks (new SD-5)
Senator Samra Brouk (SD-55)
Iwen Chu (new SD-17)
Senator Jeremy Cooney (SD-56)
Senator Peter Harkham (SD-40)
Senator Michelle Hinchey (new SD-41)
Senator Anna Kaplan (SD-7)
Jean Lapper (SD-45)
Senator John Mannion (new SD-50)
Senator Rachel May (new SD-48)
Michelle Ostrelich (new SD-44)
Senator Kevin Parker (SD-21)
Senator Roxanne Persaud (SD-19)
Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (SD-38)
Senator Sean Ryan (SD-61)
Julie Shiroishi (SD-39)
Senator James Skoufis (SD-42)
Andrea Smyth (SD-43)
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (SD-35)
Hon. Lea Webb (new SD-52)