Rochester, NY– Citizen Action of New York’s Rochester chapter announced its endorsement of Democratic candidates Sarah Clark in the 136th Assembly District and Demond Meeks in the 137th Assembly District

These progressive candidates received the organization’s endorsement because of their commitment to education equity, housing justice, and quality health care for all.

Sara is a graduate of East High School and attended SUNY Stony Brook, and for the past 20 years has worked in the United States Senate for former Senator Hillary Clinton and now for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. 

“I am incredibly honored to receive the endorsement from Citizen Action of New York. What we have learned during these unprecedented times is the inequity and inequality that very much exists in our communities,” said Sarah Clark, candidate for Assembly in the 136th district. “I look forward to working with Citizen Action to protect our most vulnerable and raise the voices of those often left behind as we recover and rebuild, to ensure fairness and justice for all.”

Demond earned an Associates Degree from Monroe Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Brockport. A long-time community organizer, he has worked for the Alliance for Quality Education and 1199SEIU, representing nearly 800 health care workers.

I am elated to receive the endorsement of Citizen Action of New York. I am aligned with Citizen Action membership in fighting on behalf of New Yorkers for quality public education, quality affordable housing, and quality affordable healthcare for all,” said Demond Meeks, candidate for Assembly in the 137th Assembly district. “Over the years, as an Administrative Organizer with 1199SEIU, a grassroots organizer with AQE, and the Poor People’s Campaign, I have continued to advocate on behalf of communities and individuals that have been disenfranchised in an effort to affect social and economic justice. As your state Assemblymember, these efforts will continue and together we will win.” 

“Sarah and Demond have shown true leadership in our community and have the experience, the drive and integrity to fight for a New York that works for all of us,” said Mary Callahan, a member of Citizen Action of New York. “They know what matters most to our families, from affordable, quality housing, to fully funded schools and ending the school-to prison pipeline. They’re the progressive champions we need in Albany.”

Citizen Action of New York is a statewide, grassroots organization with eight regional chapters and over 30,000 members. The organization works on issues important to our communities, including limiting the influence of money in politics, guaranteeing livable wages and economy-boosting jobs, strong public schools, ending mass incarceration, and more.