Immigrant Action & OUR CITY Buffalo Endorse Esther Smothers for Buffalo Common Council

New York Immigration Coalition’s 501 (c)4 organization mobilizes volunteers to support Smothers in Common Council race

Buffalo, NY—Today, the New York Immigration Coalition’s political action organization, New York State Immigrant Action (NYSIAF or Immigrant Action) and OUR CITY Buffalo announced their endorsement of Esther Smothers for Lovejoy District Common Council. Immigrant Action and OUR CITY’s endorsement process consists of questionnaires, face-to-face interviews, candidate platform evaluations – proposed and envisioned – and a final vote from board members of NYSIAF.

Steve Choi, Executive Director of Immigrant Action, issued the following statement:

“Esther Smothers has long been involved with community activism and youth empowerment efforts in Lovejoy and across the city.  She wants to be the people’s voice inside the Council advocating for the kinds of changes that will improve people’s everyday lives. She would like to increase access to affordable housing, provide better education and job opportunities, as well as restrict police cooperation with ICE, among other agenda items. Her experience at city government through the Erie County Legislature alongside her activism, makes her the best advocate for a progressive agenda that can not only improve daily lives, but also reshape the community. With each day bringing a fresh wave of attacks on our immigrant communities and working people, our districts need advocates with a vision for safe, healthy, and equitable communities—we need Esther Smothers for Lovejoy District Common Council.”

Esther Smothers, candidate for Lovejoy District Common Council, said:

"I am so honored to have the endorsement of the NYS Immigrant Action Fund and The Our City Coalition.  We share the ideology and passion that fighting and advocating Quality of Life issues on behalf of City of Buffalo resident should be every elected official First Priority. I promise if elected, I will utilize my 15 years of government and community experience  to fund, advocate, and write legislation to benefit people, neighborhoods, and community. I will remember residents comes before job security and Power always belongs to the People.”