Colden native Luke Wochensky has launched his campaign to represent the taxpayers and residents of the 147th district in the New York State Assembly.

Following intensive discussions with community groups and civic leaders in Erie and Wyoming counties, the Aurora resident considered the reasons and timing for his campaign.

“We’re at a point where politics has been corroded by divisive language and inaction,” said Wochensky. “The people of this district deserve a representative who will bring people together, show up to work every day, and fight tirelessly for the things our small towns need and deserve.”

Wochensky notes that his campaign will be centered around the people and communities of this district. “Our campaign is focused on four things,” said Wochensky, “investing in our main streets, supporting our families, delivering resources to our communities, and protecting and promoting our agricultural lands and natural resources.”

“I love my hometown and this part of New York State, and I am so fortunate to be able to live here with my family in the area where I grew up,” he continued. “Unfortunately, not all of my friends have been able to remain in the area. We need to work together to ensure that young people, including my children, my future grandchildren and even those in my generation can stay here and make a good living.”

Wochensky, a registered Democrat, says he is running to represent his community because the political system is broken for the people living in rural Erie and Wyoming Counties. “My neighbors need someone to stand up and really work for the residents in our region,” said Wochensky. “Voters put their trust in the idea that their legislators will give them 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time, and I’m ready to earn voters’ trust as a candidate and assemblyman.”

Luke emphasized that his campaign is focused on all 30 towns in the District and on every voter regardless of party. “The Republicans take voters in this part of the state for granted, and the Democrats have forgotten us; we’re being left behind by the decision makers in Albany,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be that way.”

Luke Wochensky grew up in Colden and is a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District. He graduated from Union College and The Ohio State University, and went on to earn a degree in law from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in St. Petersburg. He used that degree to pursue a legal career as an attorney and partner with an international firm representing American and European companies abroad. His return to the Aurora/Colden area follows the path of others who have built careers elsewhere, and chosen to make Western New York home. After building a successful career abroad, Wochensky understands how fortunate he is to be able to live in Western New York and now hopes to give back to the people who gave him so much.

Luke Wochensky is running a campaign for the New York State Assembly, 147th District, as a voice for small towns in southern Erie and Wyoming Counties. Follow his campaign at,, and on Twitter @lukeforny.