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State’s convention delegation includes notables from Western New York

District 23

Bernie Sanders Delegates

Emily Adams: Leader of Ithaca for Bernie. Political activist and alternative health care practitioner. Bachelor’s in geology and natural history from Carleton College. Lives in Brooktondale.

Mary Thorpe: Former Cornell University research support specialist. Bachelor’s in biological sciences from University of California Davis and a master’s in genetics from Cornell. Lives in Chemung County.

Hillary Clinton Delegates

Barbara Lifton: Assemblywoman for the 125th district. Served as chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology Chair of the Assembly Majority Steering Committee. Bachelor’s and master’s in English from SUNY Geneseo. Lives in Ithaca.

Svante Myrick: Mayor of Ithaca. Served on the Ithaca Common Council. Bachelor’s degree in communication from Cornell University. Lives in Ithaca.

District 26

Bernie Sanders Delegates

Brian Nowak: Leader of Buffalo for Bernie. Running Mark Sacha’s campaign for district attorney. Former convenience store manager. Bachelor’s in history and social studies education from SUNY Buffalo State. Lives in Cheektowaga.

Carol “Sandy” Przybylak: Transplant assistant at Erie County Medical Center. Running for Cheektowaga Democratic Committee. Associate degree in medical office assisting from Erie Community College. Lives in Sloan.

Hillary Clinton Delegates

Leecia Eve: Vice president of state government affairs at Verizon. Worked on U.S. Senate staffs for Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Former chief economic development adviser for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Bachelor’s from Smith College and a law and master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. Lives in Buffalo.

Crystal Peoples-Stokes: State assemblywoman for District 141. Represented 7th District in the Erie County Legislature. Bachelor’s in elementary education and master’s in student personnel administration from SUNY Buffalo State College. Lives in Buffalo.

George Kennedy: Upstate New York executive vice president and regional director for 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East. Bachelor’s in economics from SUNY Stony Brook University and master’s in industrial labor relations from Cornell University. Lives in Kenmore.

Darius Pridgen: Buffalo Common Council president. Pastor at True Bethel Baptist Church. Served in the Air Force. Bachelor’s in criminal justice from SUNY Buffalo State and master’s in organizational leadership from Medaille College. Lives in Buffalo.

Distict 27

Bernie Sanders Delegates

Kathleen Miller: Senior research scientist for University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions. Adjunct professor in department of sociology. Former visiting assistant professor at George Washington University. Bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from the UB. Lives in Hamburg.

Kathryn Eskew: Assistant professor of human and rehabilitation services at Hilbert College. Chapter president of American Association of University Professors. Bachelor’s in drama and fine arts from Syracuse University and master’s in vocational rehab counseling. Lives in Orchard Park.

Charles “Chuck” Hess: Technical support engineer for Navient Corps. Bachelor’s in computer engineering at SUNY Alfred State College. Lives in Cheektowaga.

Hillary Clinton Delegates

Craig Bucki: Executive committee member of Amherst Democratic Committee. Executive committee member for State Democratic Committee. Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. Bachelor’s in political science from Yale University and law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. Lives in East Amherst.

Margaret Murphy: Partner at Murphy Meyers LLP. Former attorney for the village of Sloan and judge for Buffalo City Court. Former chair of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women. Bachelor’s in economics from the University at Buffalo and law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. Lives in Hamburg.

Notable At-Large

H. Carl McCall: Chairman of the board of trustees for the State University of New York. Former state comptroller and senator, U.N. ambassador. Also worked as both the commissioner for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New York State Division of Human Rights. Bachelor’s in government from Dartmouth College and master’s from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Lives in New York City.

David Dinkins: Columbia University professor of Practice of Urban Public Policy and 106th Mayor of New York City. Previously, the New York City Board of Elections president, New York City clerk and Manhattan Borough president and assemblyman. Bachelor’s in mathematics from Howard University and law degree from the Brooklyn Law School. Lives in New York City.

Jeremy Zellner: Erie County Democratic Committee chairman. Bachelor’s in political science from SUNY Buffalo State. Lives in the City of Tonawanda.

Notable Party Leaders

Kathy Hochul: Seventy-seventh New York lieutenant governor. Former 26th Congressional District U.S. representative and Erie County clerk. Bachelor’s from Syracuse University and a law degree from the Catholic University of America. Lives in Buffalo.

Thomas DiNapoli: Fifty-fourth state comptroller. Former assemblyman and Environmental Conservation Committee assembly chairman. Bachelor’s in history from Hofstra University and master’s in human resources management from the New School. Lives in Long Island.

Eric T. Schneiderman: Sixty-fifth New York Attorney General and former state senator. Graduated from Amherst College and Harvard University. Lives in Manhattan.

Bill de Blasio: New York City Mayor. Former New York City Council member, representing the 39th District. Bachelor’s in metropolitan studies from New York University and master’s in international affairs from Columbia University. Lives in New York City. Mark C. Poloncarz: County executive for Erie County. Previously, county comptroller and at-large district delegate for 2004 and 2008 DNC conventions. Founder and first president of the liberal think tank WNY Coalition for Progress. Bachelor’s from the University at Buffalo and a law degree from the University of Toledo. Lives in Buffalo.

Notable Unpledged Brian Higgins: Represents the 26th Congressional District. Former instructor in history and economics at SUNY Buffalo State. Bachelor’s in political science from SUNY Buffalo State and master’s in public policy and administration from Harvard University. Lives in Buffalo.

Louise Slaughter: Represents 25th Congressional District. Former chair of the House Rules Committee. First woman to represent Western New York in Congress. Bachelor’s in microbiology from the University of Kentucky and master’s in public health. Lives in Fairport.

Kristen Gillibrand: Senator since 2009, filling Hillary Clinton’s seat when she was appointed secretary of state. Former congresswoman representing the 20th Congressional District. Bachelor’s in Asian studies from Dartmouth College and law degree from UCLA. Lives in Brunswick.

Charles E. Schumer: Senator since 1998. Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Vice chair of the Democratic Conference. Former congressman. Bachelor’s and law degree from Harvard University. Lives in Brooklyn.

Bill Clinton: Forty-second president. Former governor and attorney general of Arkansas. Founder of the Clinton Foundation. Bachelor’s in foreign services from Georgetown University, law degree from Yale Law School and Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Lives in Chappaqua.

George Mitchell: U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland. Former Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. Former senator from Maine. Bachelor’s from Bowdoin College and law degree from Georgetown University.

Andrew M. Cuomo: Fifty-sixth governor of New York. Former attorney general. Former assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development in the Clinton Administration. Bachelor’s from Fordham University and law degree from Albany Law School. Lives in Albany.

Byron W. Brown: Mayor of Buffalo. Former state senator for 57th and 60th Districts. Bachelor’s in political science and journalism from SUNY Buffalo State. Lives in Buffalo.

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