Political Action for Candidate Election

Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE)
Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) is the political action arm of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) on the federal and state level. PACE endorses and financially contributes to candidates who support NASW’s policy agenda.

NASW-NYS PACE endorses and contributes to state and local candidates for elected office. NASW-NYS PACE is responsible for working collaboratively with the state chapter to guide the process of endorsements, raise and distribute funds for political action, and mobilizing social workers to vote by informing members of which candidates have been endorsed. Contributions to NASW-NYS PACE are used to support state and local candidates who support NASW-NYS’s policy agenda.

Chair: Jessica J. Mitchell, LMSW, MA
Treasurer: Alexandra Saint Laurent, MSW

Te'Kima Anthony-Bey
Barry Z. Davis, LCSW
Noshin Hoque, BSW
Aiden Jay Kaplan, LMSW
Christina Lesyk, LMSW
Katharine Milcarek-Burke, LMSW
Jillian Velekkakan, LCSW

Submit inquiries to NASW-NYS Executive Director Samantha Fletcher at sfletcher.naswnys@socialworkers.org

2020 Candidate Endorsements
NASW-NYS Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) has released its initial endorsements for the 2020 Election Cycle. NASW-NYS PACE endorses candidates for New York State Senate and Assembly. Every two years all 213 members of the state legislature are up for election.

State and local elections often get lost in the swell of Presidential elections, every four years. Despite the small stage, the importance or state and local elections should not be lost on constituents. This is where meaningful change begins; these elections provide an opportunity for the voices of communities across the State of New York to be heard. By casting your ballot in local and state elections, you elect a representative that gives your voice a seat at the table.

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation allowing ALL New York Voters to request an absentee ballot for the November 2020 General Election! If you want to vote from home this year to avoid crowds, fill out an absentee request form and check the “temporary illness or physical disability” box. You can read more about the voting reforms for Election 2020 here.

If you still need, you can register to vote online, by postal mail, or in person at your local county board of elections. You can also check your voter registration, party affiliation, polling location, and the legislative districts you live in online.

Jessica J. Mitchell, LMSW, MA
PACE Chair

NYS Senator Anna Kaplan, District 7
Website: https://annafornysenate.com/ 
Facebook & Instagram & Twitter: @AnnaKaplanForLI


NYS Senator Jen Metzger, District 42
Website: http://jenmetzger.com/
Facebook & Instagram & Twitter: @jenmetzgerNY


NYS Senate Candidate Shauna Marie O’Toole, District 54
Facebook: @Shauna4NYSenate



NYS Senate Candidate Samra Brouk, District 55
Website: https://samraforsenate.com/
Facebook & Instagram & Twitter: @samraforsenate
Click here to view our Town Hall with Samra!


NYS Senate Candidate Jeremy Cooney, District 56
Website: https://jeremycooney.com/
Facebook & Instagram & Twitter: @JeremyCooneyROC
Click here to view our Town Hall with Jeremy Cooney!


NYS Assembly Candidate Ann Brancato, District 9
Website: https://www.annbrancato.com/
Facebook & Instagram & Twitter: @BrancatoForNY9


NYS Assembly Candidate ChaRon Sattler-Leblanc, District 133
Website: https://votecharon.com/
Facebook: @VoteChaRon
Instagram: @charon133
Twitter: @ChaChaRon

NYS Assembly Candidate Carolyn Carrol, District 134
Website: https://www.carolyncarrol.com/
Facebook & Instagram: @voteforcarolyncarrol
Twitter: @carolyncarrolny


NYS Assembly Candidate Jen Lunsford, District 135
Website: https://www.votejenlunsford.com/
Facebook & Instagram & Twitter: @VoteJenLunsford


NYS Assembly Candidate Sarah Clark, District 136
Website: https://sarahclarkforassembly.com/
Facebook: @sarahclarkny
Instagram & Twitter: @sarahhartclark


NYS Senate Candidate Thearse McCalmon, District 49
Website: https://thearseforsenate.com/
Facebook: @ThearseforNewYork
Instagram: @thearse_for_senate
Twitter: @ThearseforNY


NYS Senator Monica Martinez, District 3
Website: https://monicaforsenate.com/
Facebook: @SenatorMonicaRMartinez
Instagram: @monica_r_martinez
Twitter: @MonicaForSenate


NYS Assembly Candidate Joe Seeman, District 112
Website: https://www.joeseeman.com/
Facebook: @JoeSeemanforAssembly112
Instagram: @joe_seeman112
Twitter: @joe_seeman


NYS Senate Member James Gaughran, District 5
Website: https://gaughran2020.com/
Facebook & Instagram & Twitter: @Gaughran4Senate



NYS Senate Candidate Jacqualine G. Berger, District 61
Website: https://www.bergerforsenate.com/
Facebook & Instagram: @BergerforSenate



NYS Assembly Member Harry Bronson, District 138
Website: https://bronsonforassembly.com/
Twitter: @HarryBBronson



NYS Assembly Member Donna A. Lupardo, District 123
Website: https://donnalupardo.com/
Facebook & Twitter: @DonnaLupardo



NYS Assembly Candidate Dan Buttermann, District 121
Website: https://www.buttermannforassembly.com/
Facebook: @ButtermannForNY121
Instagram: @buttermann2020


NYS Assembly Candidate Betsy Kraat, District 102
Website: https://betsyforassembly.com/
Facebook & Instagram & Twitter: @betsy4assembly



NYS Senate Candidate Christine Pellegrino, District 4
Website: http://www.christinepellegrino.com/
Facebook: @ChristineforNY
Instagram: @pellegrinorevolution
Twitter: @pellegrino4ny


NYS Assembly Candidate Gina Sillitti, District 16
Website: https://www.ginaforassembly.com/
Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @ginaforassembly



NYS Senate Candidate Laura A. Ahrean, District 1
Website: https://www.ahearnforstatesenate.com/
Facebook: @LauraAhearnforStateSenate
Instagram: @ahearn4senate
Twitter: @Ahearn4NYSenate



Contact us.

Submit inquiries to NASW-NYS Executive Director, Samantha Fletcher, at SFletcher.naswnys@socialworkers.org



What PACE Does for You

  • Your support gives the Chapter funds needed to make difference in campaigns and elections
  • It helps to support candidates who support legislation and polices consistent with the goals of the social work profession and those who are served by the social work profession
  • Promotes NASW legislative policies through political action and/or through support of candidates
  • Builds an electoral presence for future campaigns
  • CLICK HERE for more information about NASW and the work your voice is helping us do at Capitol Hill


Donate Now


Download and print the contribution form (PDF) and  mail it to NASW-NYS PACE at 188 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY, 12210