The Working Families Party, one of New York State’s most progressive voices for middle class citizens, today announced its endorsement of Kevin Gaughan for the office of Erie County Comptroller.

"County Comptroller is a critical office," said Paul Schuh, Working Families Party Co-Chair, "and it requires someone with fierce independence, public finance experience, and an understanding of the challenges faced by working families who pay the taxes that sustain Erie County government. I’ve known Kevin Gaughan for more than twenty years, and I know that he possesses all of these attributes in abundance."

"I’m honored and humbled by the support of the only political organization that has consistently pursued but one goal: protecting working women and men by seeking life affirming wages, progressive tax policies, an end to discrimination, and high quality public education," Gaughan responded. "To carry the Working Families banner is to stand on the shoulders of heroes who’ve struggled mightily to sustain the secret ingredient that makes America great: a strong, vibrant, inclusive middle class."

Formed by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, the Working Families Party (WFP) was founded in 1998 to build a society that works for all, not just the wealthy and well-connected. WFP fights to hold politicians accountable on issues that most affect middle -class families, including good jobs, fair taxes, good schools, reliable public transportation, affordable housing, and universal healthcare.

The Working Families Party endorsement provides Gaughan with a key second line on the November ballot, in addition to the Democratic Party line.

"Thanks to WFP, voters of every political persuasion who want a comptroller with a proven record of standing up to politicians, have a place to cast their vote for our campaign," Gaughan concluded.