Zephyr Teachout, a former New York gubernatorial and congressional candidate and leading progressive voice has endorsed Mary Lupien for Rochester City Council. Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University and campaign finance reform activist, first gained national attention when she challenged Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 NYS Democratic Primary, gaining 34% of the vote. She has since gone on to become a leading voice in progressive politics, replacing Lawrence Lessig as CEO and Board Chair of the MayDay Pac.
"I am endorsing Mary Lupien for Rochester City Council because I know Mary will fight for the people she represents against big money and corporate interests. Rochester needs leaders who understand the challenges of its most vulnerable residents so that tangible, responsive progress can be made in the fight for social, economic, and environmental justice,” said Teachout in a statement. “It is time to have Mary on City Council where she can continue fighting for Rochesterians on a progressive platform that includes efforts to improve schools and public transportation and lifting more citizens out of poverty. The importance of local elections and the need for more women in politics can not be underestimated. Together, we will take our country back city by city, race by race, until the America we see with our hearts becomes the America we can see with our eyes."
During Teachout’s 2016 run for congress she received endorsements from Senators Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer, congresswoman Kristen Gillibrand, National Nurses United and the Sierra Club among others. She is the author of Corruption in America: From Ben Franklin’s Snuff Boxes to Citizens United and has written and researched corruption in politics extensively.
Teachout adds to a growing list of local and national progressive leaders that have come out in support of Lupien’s City Council run. That list includes Our Revolution, the progressive political action organization and successor to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, the Greater Rochester National Organization of Women (NOW), the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 28 and Rochester Regional Joint Board, Workers United. This endorsement comes on the heels of her recently solidifying her place in the September 12th Democratic Primary after securing nearly double the required number of signatures from city Democrats who wanted her name on the ballot.