Today, Carima El Behairy announced her candidacy for the New York State Senate District 60, currently held by Chris Jacobs.

El Behairy, a progressive Democrat, is a small business owner with a record of service to the region’s arts, education, and health organizations.  She is running on a platform of quality education, particularly universal pre-K, health care access and affordability, election reform, and preservation with development.

Carima El-Behairy, a Western New York native, grew up on Grand Island and now lives in the Buffalo. She co-founded the city’s premiere creative software and publishing company, P22 type foundry, serving as its managing partner for two decades. El-Behairy is also a founding trustee of the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative, Oracle Charter School, and the Western New York Charter School Coalition.  

In her current venture as a new business strategies consultant, El-Behairy helps to formulate long-term financial solutions for startup businesses, those in transition and post-merger. She is also a partner in a local software company still in its incubation stages. 

Since 2013, El-Behairy has been treasurer for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, which serves over 40,000 patients annually in 14 counties. Prior to holding this office, she served nine years on the board in various capacities, including board chair and vice-chair. El-Behairy also holds the board treasurer position for the Association Typographique Internationale, a 501(c)(3) arts nonprofit located in California.  

El-Behairy’s other board experiences include her service as board development chair for the Irish Classical Theatre Company, board fair chair for the Westminster Early Childhood Program, and board merger committee chair for the Art Directors of Buffalo.

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