After passing on a congressional candidacy earlier this year, Williamsville businesswoman Joan Elizabeth Seamans is re-entering the political fray with a Democratic challenge to Republican State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer.
Seamans, who is 63 and owner of Short Street Photographers in Williamsville, will announce her candidacy Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 416, 18 E. Spring St.
Earlier this year she emerged as one of four potential Democrats eyeing a challenge to Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, eventually yielding to Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray. Now she said she is ready to take on Ranzenhofer in the primarily Republican 61st District at a time when four sitting Republican senators have announced their retirement and some signs point to a Democratic takeover of Albany’s upper house in January.
“It’s an easy transition because of the needs of New York State and legislation that should be passed by the Senate,” she said. “I think people are ready for change in Albany.”
Seamans said she will base her candidacy on issues stymied in the Republican Senate like closing campaign contribution loopholes for limited liability corporations and allowing early voting. She also said she will make an issue of Ranzenhofer’s contributions from downstate “luxury developers.”
“I’m looking at taxpayer money and how it could be spent wisely instead of benefiting downstate,” she said.
Seamans also will seek support from the Working Families and Women’s Equality parties.