Buffalo News: Accomplishments of Peoples-Stokes justify re-election

Buffalo News Endorsement

The obvious choice is the incumbent, Crystal Peoples-Stokes. Peoples-Stokes understands the position. She is well-versed in making Albany work for her constituents and she brings a strong sense of ethics to the job. And, significantly, she is interested in continuing to grow and to learn new things – and does so.




Western New York Democrats will go to the polls on Sept. 9 to select nominees for two seats in the State Legislature: the 63rd Senate District, covering Lackawanna, Cheektowaga and parts of Buffalo; and the 141st Assembly District, which covers part of Buffalo.

The Buffalo News typically does not endorse in primary elections except in races where winning the primary is tantamount to election. Here are our endorsements in those two primary races:

141st Assembly District

The obvious choice is the incumbent, Crystal Peoples-Stokes. Even against better opponents, she would be a strong candidate, but the fact is that her two challengers are ill-suited to the job.

Peoples-Stokes understands the position. She is well-versed in making Albany work for her constituents and she brings a strong sense of ethics to the job. And, significantly, she is interested in continuing to grow and to learn new things – and does so.

Her two opponents in no way match up. Former State Sen. Antoine Thompson is unapologetic about how he misused his former office and remains unconcerned about following rules. He never filed the required final campaign finance report after leaving the Buffalo Common Council in 2006. Thus, voters have no way of knowing for sure what he did with the $16,000 that remained in that account.

In addition, Thompson owed $56,289 in back taxes to the federal government as of the end of 2013 and was $7,820 behind in child support. He says he has caught up on child support and has worked out a three-year payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service on the taxes. Is that why he wants this job? If so, it’s not a reason for voters to support him.

Community organizer Veronica Nichols is passionate about her city neighborhood. Indeed, most of her concerns seem better suited to a Common Council agenda than one at the State Legislature. Without any political experience to support her bid for a state office, her obvious goal should be in city government.

  • Candidate Biography

  • Assembly Member Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, has faithfully served New York State’s 141st Assembly district since 2003. An advocate with clear and principled service, she has always put policy before politics.