I strongly support Nate Shinagawa - the candidate that I lost to in last summer's Democratic primary - to represent us in U.S. Congress.
I am one of those lucky former candidates who knows that the person who won is aligned with my values. I'm proud to know that Nate is fighting hard to protect and build local jobs, and treat our small businesses and family farms fairly. I also know that Nate will stand up for seniors and women - two groups who are under relentless Tea Party attacks on their economic and health security.
It has never been more important to come together as Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. We simply have to get past the obstructionist Tea Party ideals advanced by our current congressman, Tom Reed. Our middle class can't afford to stay mired in inaction, and our future depends on making better choices now.
I urge you to join me in voting for Nate Shinagawa in the general election on November 6. Let's send a representative to Congress who will get things done for the people of Western New York, the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes once again.
LESLIE DANKS BURKE,