WCLA — Choice Matters endorses Catherine Parker for Westchester Board of Legislators


WCLA — Choice Matters is endorsing Catherine Parker for the Westchester Board of Legislators in District 7 in Mamaroneck, Rye, Larchmont and part of Harrison and New Rochelle. Parker is in a Democratic primary against Thomas Murphy. John Verni is the Republican candidate.

Parker and Murphy will debate at 7:30 p.m. July 31 at the Mamaroneck Town Center. The primary is Sept. 10.

Here is the organization’s statement:

Remember, it is all about who you elect. And right here in Westchester we have the opportunity to elect Catherine Parker – in so many ways our very own Wendy Davis.

Catherine Parker is a leader who believes elected officials should answer to the voters, not to a political party. She presently serves on the Rye City Council, a seat she was first elected to in 2007. If elected, Catherine will replace Judy Myers who is retiring. (Click here to read more about Catherine.)

To many it may seem odd to reference Texas State Senator Wendy Davis in an endorsement for a Westchester County Legislator – but when you learn about Catherine it really isn’t a stretch.

I first met Catherine at an Eleanor’s Legacy (EL) event. She immediately directed the conversation to Westchester’s failed clinic access legislation and what we could do to ensure women’s safe access to health care right here in Westchester. The next time I saw Catherine was at another EL event, this one focusing on the Women’s Equality Agenda. She had her daughter in tow because, as she said, there was no better time than the present to learn about the issues confronting women nationally, state-wide and right here in our County. You can’t help but be struck by Catherine’s knowledge and compassion.

Catherine, like Wendy, was raised by a single mother, from an early age. Actually, Catherine’s was a three-generational home – her grandmother, her mother and Catherine. It was a home that got by on limited financial resources and a healthy dose of values. Both Catherine and Wendy learned early on that comprehensive reproductive rights are essential for all women. If a woman does not have control her body she has control of nothing.

Both women ran as “nonpartisan” candidates when they ran for City Council, Wendy in Fort Worth and Catherine in Rye. That means they ran without party affiliation. Both women are now Democratic candidates.

Catherine will fight for all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Agenda every day if elected. She will be a strong gutsy voice for Westchester’s women and families.

She faces a Primary on Tuesday, September 10th.

WCLA – Choice Matters is proud to endorse Catherine Parker for Westchester County Legislature.


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  1. North of the Hutch on

    Why do these people get involved?

    I don’t remember abortion being a County issue, besides this is NY where most are pro-choice.

    This seat really belongs to John Verni. At least he’s going to vote/support low tax increases.

  2. Horth of the Nutch on

    They get involved with this because it is a value that people want to know about. Catherine Parker shares this value with the community and clearly John Verni doesn’t if North of the Hutch has decided to start to toe the Conservative Party lines already. Catherine Parker is not your run of the mill Democrat, she’s cut taxes in Rye, owns a small business and clearly understands the economy and budgeting. I think North of the Hutch is really yet to do his home work on this one.