One Down, 14 to Go!

 That’s Rachel, Zach and I at the filing of her petitions with the New York State Board of Elections in July, making her run “official”. Eric is there too … behind the camera.

That’s Rachel, Zach and I at the filing of her petitions with the New York State Board of Elections in July, making her run “official”. Eric is there too … behind the camera.

It’s official. We Won. One down, 14* to go.

For those of you who don't know it, after 47 years of working on elections in one way or another, I came out of retirement to help beat the bad guys, and yesterday we kicked the crap out of one of them -- Assistant IDC Leader, Senator David Valesky of the 53rd Senate District in Syracuse.

In case you've had your head under a rock for the last 8 years, the IDC are those people who (like Trump) get huge donations from unscrupulous corporations and NYC Developers, are stopping Health Care for you and your neighbors, blocking protections for women's reproductive rights, and refuse to pass campaign finance reform to end corruption in our political system.

Why would they do these terrible things? Personal gain.

They get promises not to have election opposition, and get extra stipends and taxpayer money as "leaders" in the Senate. They get bigger offices, more staff, and perks beyond belief from the Republican cronies.

It's despicable, and makes Joe Percoco look like an amateur.

But David Valesky -- assistant to the infamous Jeff Klein, leader of the IDC, won't be heading back to Albany in January.

Yesterday, I and the incredible Dynamic Campaign Duo of Zach Zeliff and Eric Van der Vort, spent the day in the Onondaga Board of Elections reviewing absentee ballots.

Rachel May, -- who a year ago was a "student" for the weekend at WFP’s “Running to Win” Training held in the tiny snack room of a West Side Syracuse Bowling Alley – challenged Valesky and beat him soundly, 8,514 to 7,925 with all votes counted. Later in the day, Valesky conceded the election.

I’m incredibly proud to stand with Rachel and Zach and Eric to celebrate this victory on this windy Friday morning and the eve of the Fall equinox. I can’t help but feel that the weather is bringing the winds of change with it.

I’m not getting any younger – and if it all ended today, I would feel like all the years of hard work meant something. Thanks, Rachel. And Zach, And Eric. Carpe Diem.

*The number of top elections I have a hand in this year across the Upstate Region for the WFP.