ENDORSEMENT: The Working Families Party Endorses Lea Webb for NY State Senate (District 53)


New York Working Families Party Endorses

Lea Webb for State Senate


Progressive support continues to grow for Lea!

Binghamton, N.Y. — Today the New York Working Families Party announced their endorsement of Lea Webb for State Senate District 53.


“The Working Families Party is proud to endorse Lea Webb for New York State Senate in the 53rd District. Lea has a long track record of standing up for working families in the Southern Tier and we know she will be a powerful advocate for affordable housing, quality health care, food security, and climate justice,” said Sochie Nnaemeka, Director of the New York Working Families Party.


“I am proud to be an endorsed candidate of the Working Families Party. WFP embodies all that my campaign is about: progressive, grassroots organizing that advocates for the people over special interests. Thank you to the regional and statewide board for believing in me and our people-powered campaign for Senate District 53,” said Lea Webb, candidate for New York State Senate.


The WFP endorsement of Lea comes on the heels of endorsements from Tompkins County Progressives and the New York Action Network, making Lea the clear progressive favorite in the campaign for State Senate District 53.


The Democratic Primary is on June 28, 2022. Voters can learn more about Webb’s campaign at leawebb.com



Background on the New York Working Families Party


The Working Families Party has played a major role in New York state’s progressive shift over the past two decades. In 2018, the Working Families Party recruited and endorsed six successful challengers to members of the Independent Democratic Conference, whose elections ushered in the first Democratic State Senate in eight years. In 2020, the Party won 33 contested Democratic state legislative primaries across the state, and exceeded the state’s newly imposed ballot requirements by a significant margin, demonstrating the party’s statewide strength.


About Lea Webb


Lea Webb was the first African American and youngest person ever elected to the Binghamton City Council, and she is an award-winning activist who has been recognized as one of tomorrow's leaders by Oprah magazine and the White House Project. She has more than 15 years of experience as a Community Organizer leading efforts on various social and environmental justice issues; quality education, health care, access to fresh foods, and sustainable jobs. She has passed legislation supporting equal pay for women, the creation of a city-based human rights commission, establishing a city-wide climate action plan, and other equity-based legislation.


She has more than 15 years of experience as a Community Organizer leading efforts on various social and environmental justice issues; quality education, health care, access to fresh foods, and sustainable jobs. She has passed legislation supporting equal pay for women, the creation of a city-based human rights commission, establishing a city-wide climate action plan, and other equity-based legislation.


A lifelong Southern Tier NY resident, raised in a blue-collar family, and proud graduate of public school, Webb is a first-generation graduate of SUNY Broome, where she earned a degree in liberal arts and sciences, and Binghamton University, where she earned a degree in neuroscience. Lea is now an educator at Binghamton University, where she develops diversity and inclusion training and programs for faculty, staff, and students to advance its goals of fostering diversity and respect. She is a national trainer with Vote Run Lead, training thousands of women across the country on how to run for elected office. She is a Co-Chair/Co-Founder of the Black Millennial Political Convention and a Founding Board Member of Local Progress. Lea was and was honored with the President’s Award by the Broome-Tioga Branch of the NAACP for her significant contributions to her community.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2022

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