ITHACA, N.Y. — Anna Kelles, Tompkins County Legislator and candidate for New York State Assembly 125 has announced the endorsement of Eleanor’s Legacy — a group that recruits, trains and funds “pro-choice Democratic women candidates across New York at the state and local level.”

“I am thrilled to have the support of Eleanor’s Legacy,” said Kelles. “This organization has worked diligently to elect hundreds of Democratic women across the state over the last 19 years. I am proud to partner with Eleanor’s Legacy to help create a government that benefits fully from the productive leadership of women. In Albany, I will continue to fight for women’s equality and autonomy, including access to the full range of quality, affordable healthcare.”

Kelles announced the endorsement Friday in a press release. The organization was founded in 2001 by Judith Hope, who was the first woman to chair the New York State Democratic Committee. The organization was “inspired by the dynamic legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, who dedicated her life to expanding the role of all women in politics and government,” according to the group’s website.

“With a deep well of knowledge and experience as a scientist, educator, and policymaker, Dr. Anna Kelles is our choice to represent Tompkins and Cortland Counties, especially through these challenging times,” said President of Eleanor’s Legacy Brette McSweeney. “Issues such as access to affordable childcare and health care, housing as a human right, and protecting the environment are critical to families across New York State. Anna is the candidate who is most prepared to go to Albany and advocate for the women and girls of Tompkins and Cortland. Eleanor’s Legacy is proud to endorse Anna Kelles, and we look forward to working alongside her.”

Kelles hopes to see off six other Democratic candidates vying for the nomination, including former Legislative Counsel to Barbara Lifton, Jordan Lesser, Cortland’s Lisa Hoeschele, City of Ithaca Alderperson Seph Murtagh, Dryden Town Supervisor Jason Leifer, Cortland County Legislator Beau Harbin, and local attorney Sujata Gibson, who all successfully petitioned for a place on the ballot.

The primary, which all voters will be able to request an absentee ballot for due to COVID-19, will be held on June 23.