Erie County Democrats tonight unanimously endorsed New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for New York State Attorney General.

“Letitia James will make history as New York’s first African-American attorney general, and we are excited to be a part of that great milestone,” Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said.

“Her work as the second-highest ranking elected official in New York City speaks for itself, and Tish James will continue to be a fierce advocate as the people’s lawyer on behalf of all New Yorkers. She will fight back against Trump Administration policies that imperil our economy and the rights of our citizens. We could not be in better hands,” Zellner said.

James won last Thursday’s Democratic primary amidst an outstanding field of candidates, including Buffalo’s own Leecia Eve. Local Democrats nominated Eve at last May’s state convention and endorsed her in the primary.

“We were and remain excited about Leecia’s future with our party, and we will always be proud of the Eve family and all they have done for our region and our state,” Zellner said. “But as we look toward November, there is only once choice for Attorney General, and that is Tish James.”

“Letitia James has an extraordinary record on behalf of the people of New York City, and she’s the fighter we need at a time when the Trump Administration is threatening so many of our civil liberties and the future of our state,” said Democratic Party Vice Chair Arthur O. Eve, Jr. “She ran a hard-fought race, and now it’s time for Democrats to pull together and win in November.”

James, the first black woman to hold citywide office in New York City, served on City Council for a decade, representing parts of Brooklyn. She is a former assistant Attorney General who has also worked as a staff member with long-time Assembly member Roger Green and as a public defender for the Legal Aid Society.

She earned her law degree at Howard University and was elected Public Advocate in 2013.