Albany, NY – In the high-stakes race for Rensselaer County Executive, Citizen Action of New York announced its support for Working Families Party (WFP) and Democratic Party candidate Gwen Wright, who is leading the fight to win back the party’s ballot line following a year of historic voter turnout and a growing multi-racial, multi-generational progressive movement in New York.

In an attempt to block the progressive vote, Republicans in Rensselaer County have registered hundreds of voters on the WFP line. Gwen’s WFP primary win would bring the county a step closer to sorely-needed new leadership and a government more reflective of their shared values, like strong public schools, health care for all, and affordable housing. As the first Black woman ever to run for countywide office in Rensselaer, Gwen’s campaign hit the ground shattering the glass ceiling.

“I’m running for County Executive because Rensselaer deserves a County Executive who will lead with integrity and govern with compassion. Together, we will make Rensselaer County safer, stronger, and more prosperous,” said Gwen Wright, Democratic candidate for Rensselaer County Executive. 

With the race heating up as voters start to receive their absentee ballots, Citizen Action is urging residents to cast their vote for Gwen Wright for Rensselaer County Executive. The chapter has endorsed Gwen to help bring the power back to working families in the region.

“Like the rest of the world, Rensselaer was hit hard by the pandemic,” said Cessie Alfonso, a board member of Citizen Action’s Capital District Chapter. “Gwen is focused on the right things, like restoring public trust, fighting for our most vulnerable residents and investing in our neighborhoods. Gwen will be the person to fight for all of us and lead an economic recovery that prioritizes the community’s health and well-being.”

Citizen Action of New York is a grassroots organization with eight regional chapters and thousands of active members across New York State. 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.