I am Lauren Trapanotto, the Democratic State Committeewoman for New York’s 76th Assembly District, representing the Democrats of the district to the State Party.
I am often asked how I became involved in politics. As a lifelong Democrat and grassroots activist, it's hard to remember a time in my life when I wasn't engaged in some kind of political or local initiative. Advocating for progressive causes and giving back to my community has always been innate to me.
However, the 2016 Presidential Election was a turning point. Like many of my fellow Democrats, I was in shock and disbelief, wondering, “How did we let this happen?”. It was a haunting reminder that we must never become complacent and that we must fight for progress, even in blue states like New York.
Since then, I have been dedicated to local political and community work. As part of a grassroots effort to break insiders’ hold on the Democratic Party, I became a member of the Democratic County Committee. There I helped kick off a broad reform movement to open up the Party and limit the role of lobbyists and consultants in the leadership. I also joined the Executive Board of the Four Freedoms Democratic Club, which has been at the forefront of the movement to clean up our Party and is engaging progressive activists right here in the 76th AD. I intend to continue this work at the State level, as the State Committee has the potential to meaningfully shape the political landscape here in New York for the better.
I ran for Democratic State Committee in 2018 because I believe our Party has failed to live up to its values and that Democratic voters are taken advantage of by politicians. I challenged the longtime incumbent who had held the seat for decades and won on a platform of reform because we need a Party that is strong, active, and transparent. We need a Party that is as democratic as the values we as Democrats embody. We need a Party that never leaves voters behind.
As your State Committeewoman, I will be our community's advocate, working hard to break the hold establishment figures have and pushing the Party to take a stronger stance against bad actors in Albany. I will fight for reform, continue encouraging local activism, and be the progressive voice that we need.
I am honored to represent you, and I look forward to working with you and to seeing you around the community.
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