‘Yet Another’ OPEIU Member Running For Public Office - WNY’s 24-Year-Old Steve Meyer Seeks NYS Assembly’s 146th District Seat, Is One Of The Youngest Candidates Seeking State-Elected Office Across The ‘Entire’ U.S.
Pro-Worker Candidate Running On Campaign Financing Reform, Reforming IDAs, Investing In Education & Infrastructure/Union Member ‘Knows The Worth’ In Being Represented & “What The ‘Brotherhood’ Means To Have A Union To Believe In”
(AMHERST, NEW YORK) – After just profiling Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Member Shaun Francis’s campaign to win the 43rd New York State Senate District Seat in Downstate New York, it was brought to WNYLaborToday.com’s attention that there is yet another OPEIU Member running for state government – and he’s right here in Western New York.
And that candidate - OPEIU Local 153 Member Steve Meyer, who is seeking the New York State Assembly’s 146th District Seat against an incumbent Republican that he’s running against for the second time in recent years - is said to be one of the youngest candidates looking to gain state-elected office across the entire United States.
“I’m believed to be ‘either’ the fourth- or -fifth-youngest person running for a state legislature seat - in fact, there are two eighteen year olds running against each other in a race ‘somewhere’ across the country,” Meyer told WNYLaborToday.com as he looks forward to Election Day on Tuesday, November 8th.
“I ‘figure this is a time in my life when I really care about my community,’” continued Meyer, who is seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Ray Walter - for the second time in recent years. “I’ve seen a lot of people who I grew up with ‘move away’ and ‘I want to make sure this is a place where they can stay.’ I have ‘a lot of energy and passion.’ Walter has ‘misrepresented’ this district and ‘I think people are ready for something new.’”
Asked whether his age may be seen as a negative to voters within the district that includes the Buffalo Suburb of Amherst and stretches north up into the Niagara County Town of Pendleton, Meyer tells Your On-Line Labor Newspaper: “Being ‘young is a good thing.’ I’m ‘not a professional politician.’ I have a ‘clean slate.’ Other candidates ‘don’t have that.’ I’m a ‘hard-working person who believes in hard work, integrity and honesty.’ I was ‘raised that way.’”
Meyer tells WNYLaborToday.com that he’s a “Pro-Worker Candidate” who’s running on several important issues, including: Campaign Finance Reform; Reforming Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs); Investing in education; and Improving our aging infrastructure.
“My campaign has been ‘fantastic,’” he said. “I’ve ‘averaged knocking on one-thousand doors a week’ and voters have been ‘receptive.’ The issues I’m running on ‘are not partisan.’ ‘Who can’t agree on campaign reform, reforming IDAs and investing in education for our children and (repairing and upgrading) our infrastructure?’”
Meyer - who’s a small businessman (whose business assists other small businesses “get off the ground” and grow), has been a Member of OPEIU Local 153 since January 2015 when he started working as a Community Organizer for the Erie County Democratic Party in Buffalo: “I’m ‘proud’ of being a Union Member. I’ve participated in a number of pickets and rallies across the district. Labor Unions ‘stand up’ for their Members. What the ‘brotherhood’ means to me is to have a Union to ‘believe in.’ We’re ‘all hard-working people’ who ‘believe in community success’ and, we’re a ‘network’ of people ‘who share the same ideas’ – including ‘fighting for fairness’ in our workplaces.”
“I’m a ‘strong supporter’ of public education and I would like to see tax credits ‘shifted’ to more locally-owned businesses instead of ‘big box stores’ that create ‘low-paying’ jobs. And, I believe we need to ‘reform’ Industrial Development Agencies, which hand out ‘corporate welfare.’ They were set up with ‘good intentions,’ but they ‘are not’ helping create jobs. They’re just ‘handing out free revenue’ so others can ‘reap the benefits’ of tax revenue. I’m ‘really excited about helping attract and grow’ renewable energy companies, which create ‘high-paying’ jobs, as well as ‘improve’ our infrastructure network,” he said.
Meyer previously ran against Walter, losing the race by about a 10% margin. With the district being “fifty-fifty” when it comes to a Democratic/Republican breakdown – Meyer believes he has a good chance at unseating the incumbent this time around.
“I’m not in this for ‘myself’ and I’m not ‘running through this gauntlet’ or putting myself through this again ‘for fun,’” Meyer told WNYLaborToday.com. “My opponent even hired an ‘impersonator’ who ‘sounds like me’ in his radio ads. I’m doing this to ‘fight for’ those who live in this district. This is the ‘gist’ of this: ‘We deserve better and we need those in state office who will stand up and support those in our community and Working People alike.’”
“The last time a Democrat won this district was in 1972 (with John LaFalce, who later went on to represent the area as a U.S. Congressman),” he added. “What we need to do is ‘make sure’ we get voter turnout this time.”
OPEIU Local 153 Business Representative Robert McLennan tells WNYLaborToday.com that Meyer is a “great young candidate” who’s been “unfairly attacked” by Walter in his radio ads.
“He is a ‘bright, young guy - someone we need in public office,’” McLennan said. “He’s a Member of our Union and ‘he believes in the Union Movement.’ When he’s elected he will ‘protect’ the Middle Class. ‘He’s a kid that we need.’”
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: For More on Steve Meyer, Visit his web site at: www.electstevemeyer.com and his Social Network/Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/electstevemeyer/?fref=ts. And to Read About OPEIU’s Shan Francis’s Campaign for the 43rd New York State Senate District Seat in Downstate New York, Go to: http://www.wnylabortoday.com/index.php.