Such challenging times Western New Yorkers are facing right now. The uncertainty so many face due to the Coronavirus pandemic has left our communities struggling. Life no longer looks the same. Day to day, not only are health concerns overwhelming, economic hardship has hit so many families. The small businesses in our neighborhoods and across the state are questioning their ability to remain viable.
Western New York needs smart, unwavering leadership.
The pandemic has amplified the issues I have prioritized in my campaign for NYS Senate and there is much work to be done. I remain dedicated to advancing measures that will help all of our communities recover and thrive.
The challenges Western New Yorkers are facing require a leader who understands collaboration,problem-solving and true representation of the people she serves. Like no other time in history, Western New York must be a priority. We are long past due for our fair share of needed resources in upstate New York. As your Senator, I will work tirelessly to make sure District 61 has a seat at the table and our diverse needs are addressed.
My personal and professional experience have prepared me to serve. I am a wife, mother, business owner, community activist and a strong leader who is ready to bring back decency and accountability to government. I was raised in a home with eight children. Although the financial hardships were challenging, we persevered. My parents' values shaped me in many ways. My dear 93 year old father, a WWII Navy Vet, is a lifelong Republican. My mother, who passed, was a lifelong Democrat. I remember selling candy, cupcakes and handmade items in school to buy the clothes or shoes my family could not afford while at the same time learning from my mother the importance of helping those who had even less than we did. Understanding self-sufficiency while providing tools and opportunity to succeed is ingrained in my core beliefs.
Because my family could not afford to send me to college, I entered the workforce immediately. Like many young women, I was subjected to harassment and income inequality. Despite that, my entrepreneurial spirit lead me to build a business that has been supporting my family and providing jobs for over thirty years. In a way, my life has become the American dream.
Over the years I have been compelled to serve. I served in government as a Trustee where I was a champion for fiscal responsibility and ethics. For four years I worked with families whose children suffered from addiction and behavioral issues. In addition, I spent six years working with some of our district's poorest senior citizens. Professionally, I currently serve on the Public Policy Committee for NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and the Town of Amherst MWBE committee (Minority and Women Business Enterprises). Previously, I served as President of the Williamsville Business and Professional Association and the Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee. My political activism has been far-reaching as the founder of Your Voice Your Vote, and I am a strong supporter of organized labor.
I will use my lifelong experience and my innate ability to listen and problem solve as your representative. Western New Yorkers are crying out for an end to partisan politics and a government that works for them. It is time to come together as Americans, not political factions, for the greater good of our wonderful communities. Despite our differences, there are so many things we have in common…the desire for a better life for us, our children and grandchildren.
IMAGINE opportunities to work hard, thrive and know our children will have a better life than our own. IMAGINE an economy that works for our district, not the wealthiest. IMAGINE a Representative who has no political ambition, yet instead, a desire to put her fellow New Yorkers first. This is possible. With your support, I know we can do this together.
Thank you and God Bless us all,
Joan Elizabeth Seamans
Please reach out to me any time. As your advocate, it is essential I understand what is important to you. My personal email is Joan@Seamans4Senate.com