On Tuesday, September 18, Luke Wochensky embarked on a 250-mile journey across New York State’s 147th Assembly District on a late model Farmall 400 tractor. As part of his campaign to be a voice for small towns in southern Erie and Wyoming Counties, his tour will reach 30 townships and 14 villages over four days.
Thursday’s schedule started in Arcade with a breakfast with the mayor, the leader of the Arcade Seniors group, business leaders and other residents at Nellie’s Restaurant. Stops in Bliss and Gainesville to meet with supporters followed that on the way to lunch at Rock N Roll BBQ in Warsaw.
Wochensky toured through Wyoming before a very special stop in Covington. There, Wochensky met with Bob Kelley, chair of the Covington Democratic Committee – a committee of one. Mr. Kelley is 90 years old, and noted that elected officials and candidates never visit his town. Why would they? It’s not a center of votes and it so consistently goes Republican, why would any candidate take the time to visit? Luke is taking the time.
Wochensky began the evening of Day 3 with a stop on Perry’s main street for a discussion about village cores. Visits to Silver Springs and Castile followed, and he concluded the day by driving to the Wyoming County Democratic Fall Dinner by tractor. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, NY27 Candidate Nate McMurray, NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz were in attendance.
Wochensky is running for NYS Assembly on the Democratic and Working Families party lines in the general election on November 6. Wochensky’s campaign has received bipartisan support with his message of people not politics. He was recently endorsed by Doug Berwanger, (Republican) Chair of the Board of Supervisors of Wyoming County, among other mayors, council members and committee members, reflecting the need for a representative in Albany who maintains relationships with officials regardless of political party.
As he spoke with residents throughout the district, Wochensky touched on a number of issues. “My opponent cares about only one issue. Where I grew up, the gun closet was three feet away from the dinner table and we ate under the watchful eye of a mounted 8-point,” said Wochensky. “I support the second amendment, but do you know what else I like?: Quality health care for all New Yorkers; Affordable senior care facilities; Broadband internet in every home; Farms where we can get paid honestly for an honest day’s work; Small businesses that thrive without the burden of outdated laws and the unfair advantages of big corporations.”