Former Democratic presidential candidate and Schenectady native Andrew Yang has endorsed Thearse McCalmon for New York State Senate, as announced by his non-profit Humanity Forward on Thursday.
Yang’s endorsement of McCalmon is in part due to her support of Universal Basic Income, which Yang emphasized heavily throughout his campaign.
“Thearse is running for state senate in the city where I was born – Schenectady, NY,” Yang said in a statement. “Thearse recently ran for mayor of Schenectady and came within dozens of votes of upsetting the incumbent. She is a mom and former nurse fighting for her community. She won her state senate primary because people realize that she is in their corner. As someone who has experienced homelessness in her life, Thearse understands the importance of creating a human-centered society. Her opponent is a 70 year-old incumbent who is on the wrong side of many issues in Albany.”
McCalmon, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Republican New York State Senator James Tedisco in the November election to represent the 49th Senate District. Humanity Forward, when announcing the endorsement, listed her support of the New York Health Act, safe staffing for the Quality Care Act and her push to have data as a property right as some of the issues she’s most passionate about.
“Thank you to Andrew Yang and Humanity Forward for recognizing that I will be and am that voice of change needed in Albany,” McCalmon wrote on Twitter. “We both have centered our campaigns around people and the voices of our communities. The time for change is now.”