HRC Members Prepare Weekend Canvass in New York Prior to Rapidly Approaching Elections

The following is from HRC Field Fellow Errin E. Doyle

With only eighteen days until the New York state Senate general election, the stamina surrounding Tim Kennedy’s candidacy in the 58th district is increasing.  The energy continues to grow. New and old faces show up daily to help phone bank and canvass the doors of fellow western New Yorkers, deliver literature and yard signs and assist in the numerous other facets of Kennedy’s campaign.  There is a strong HRC presence that helps steer the campaign’s progress, making everyone on board feel like a family.

Thanks to the fact that the Buffalo Bills had the weekend off this Sunday, the opportunity to run a huge canvass on Sunday presented itself. (In Buffalo, there is nothing more sacred than when the Bills play Sunday; it is the only time we don’t engage in voter contact.) I’ve been working alongside fellow HRC member Nicole Jowsey to coordinate volunteers and prepare for a weekend of voter contact for Kennedy, a fair-minded proponent of equality and our endorsed candidate for the New York state Senate.  With the pressure building as voting day approaches, there is much work and excitement in getting Kennedy’s message for change out to voters in his district.

If you’re in the western New York area and interested in meeting other HRC members and volunteering on a strong, pro-equality campaign, please contact Regional Field Organizer David Contreras Turley at 202.330.3790 for more information.

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—  John Wright

HRC’s Members Canvass Buffalo for Equality

HRC’s Campaign for New York Marriage Equality is in full swing. With the New York primary on Tuesday, September 14th, less than a week away, HRC members across the Empire State, from the Big Apple to the Great Lakes, are engaging in phone banks and canvassing to ensure fellow New Yorkers elect pro-marriage equality candidates in this year’s state Senate primary.

Only 6 more votes are required in the state Senate to ensure marriage equality in New York. In order to reach that magic number, HRC has identified important democratic primaries where we can pick up the supportive votes needed for New York to join states like Vermont and Iowa in finally providing equal marriage rights to all of its residents!

One of the priority democratic primaries is in South Buffalo, where HRC-endorsed Tim Kennedy is running against Democrat incumbent and equal marriage foe Bill Stachowski. HRC members Errin Doyle and Casey Fouquet are just two of our local HRC members who have been volunteering and actively engaging the community on behalf of Tim Kennedy to secure marriage equality in New York. Errin and Casey joined Kennedy weeks ago for their first door-to-door canvass and pounded the pavement, proving themselves to be total rock stars!

Casey and Errin have even postponed a camping trip this coming weekend, the last weekend before the Primary, in order to help the Kennedy campaign with their Get-Out-the-Vote efforts. Hats off to Casey and Errin and to all our HRC brothers and sisters who are actively volunteering to ensure marriage equality in New York.

If you live in the Buffalo area and are interested in volunteering for a great pro-equality candidate, please contact David Turley at or call him at 202-330-3790.

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—  John Wright