TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Josh Riley and Jamie Cheney, both candidates for New York’s 19th Congressional District, have both pulled more endorsements with the Democratic primary just days away.

Recently, Cheney was endorsed by Emily’s List, an organization that raises money to elect Democratic, pro-choice women, the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF).

“Reproductive freedom is on the ballot this fall, and Jamie Cheney is the fighter NY-19 needs,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president of the PPAF. “Now, more than ever, we need to elect people who know from lived experience what is at stake and who will be true champions of sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to abortion. Planned Parenthood Action Fund looks forward to supporting Jamie to get the people of NY-19 the voice they deserve in Congress.”

Cheney said she is proud to be endorsed by organizations that fight for women’s rights, and that after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, electing pro-choice women is more important than ever.

“I am so proud of the grassroots support this campaign has received from across the district and I could not be more excited about the winning coalition we’ve built ahead of election day,” Cheney said. “Choice is on the ballot, and I am honored to have endorsements from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, EMILY’s List and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund. These organizations know what is at stake, and they know I will always fight for the working families of New York 19.”

The IBEW 236, a union membership with more than 1,600 electrical wiremen and employees, endorsed Cheney as well, saying that “Jamie’s willingness to go the extra mile to get things done right for working families, protect union organization rights and secure retirement benefits for all is what #NY19 needs.”

Riley recently received an endorsement from former NY-22 Congressional candidate Vanessa Fajans-Turner of Ithaca, who said that “We share a common vision for the economic, sustainable and just development of this region and I look forward to supporting his expanded leadership on climate when we send him to DC.”

Riley was also backed by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the Cornell University Democrats and the Progressive Turnout Project.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

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