Community leader and advocate Amber Small today announced her candidacy for the New York State Senate in Erie County’s Sixtieth district. Small will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination this fall.

The Small campaign made today’s announcement by releasing an video entitled “Think Big, Vote Small”, which can be found here.

Small will seek to unseat one-term Senator Marc Panepinto (D-Buffalo) in a year that will feature public corruption and economic fairness as key issues in the campaign.

“It’s time to elect a Senator who will put our needs first” said Small. “I am running for Senate because we need to send someone honest to Albany. Someone who will focus on bettering our communities and bringing back the resources Western New Yorkers deserve.”

“New York is on the verge of tremendous economic opportunity,” Small continued, “We need to ensure that our towns and neighborhoods are not left behind.”

Small, 29, serves as the Executive Director of the Parkside Community Association. In this role she is an advocate for 2,500 residents, working to enhance their quality of life through crime prevention, traffic calming, fair housing advocacy and more.

Amber also serves on the Board of Directors for B-Team Buffalo, and is a member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders council. She proudly serves as Vice Chair of WEPAC, a nonpartisan group focused on increasing female involvement in politics and government. Amber is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and resides in North Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood with her family.

New York’s Sixtieth Senate District is located wholly in Erie County and includes the communities of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Grand Island, Orchard Park, Evans, Brant, and the City of Buffalo.