Winning in Albany, the Wellstone Way

September 11, 2013

Across the country, Wellstone Action equips candidates with the nuts and bolts of running—and winning—a progressive campaign. And as primary results started rolling in across the Empire State on Tuesday, we saw a powerful example of winning progressive change the Wellstone Way.

For its entire history, 74 men have led New York’s Capital City, Albany, as its mayor. But on Tuesday, Kathy Sheehan won her contentious primary, and she did it the Wellstone Way. In winning the primary, Kathy took a major step forward in becoming the city’s first female mayor.

As she told the local NBC station, "This is more than just about being the first woman. This is about moving our city forward, engaging our community in a different way, and I'm really excited about the opportunity to be Albany's next mayor." 

In partnership with the Working Families Party, we trained Sheehan as she prepared to run for office. Our trainings focus on running a values-based campaign, and engaging with voters through grassroots organizing and a people-first politics. That’s what Kathy did in Albany.  And she won.

Elsewhere in New York, Darlene Mealey, a Camp Wellstone Alumna, won her 3rd term in the New York City Council. At Wellstone Action, we’ll proud to help propel progressive change across the state. Congratulations to Kathy and Darlene!