BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The father of three, attorney, and former captain of the UB football team won a four-way race to become State Senator in the 60th district. The Democratic candidate won the race for the the 60th District State Senate seat. Marc Panepinto won with 34 percent of the vote, Republican Kevin Stocker got 30 percent of the vote, Independent Mark Grisanti got 28 percent of the vote and Conservative Timothy Gallagher received eight percent of the vote.
Marc Panepinto touted his adversity to hydrofracking and the SAFE Act, despite his call for “reasonable gun restrictions.”
Senator-Elect Marc Panepinto’s daughter Julie said, “He worked hard and I want to thank all of you for supporting my father throughout his campaign and now he’s a winner. Thank you very much.”
Panepinto said, “We talked about raising the minimum wage to a living wage. We talked about protecting our waters from the dangers of hydrofracking.”
Teamsters Joint Council #46’s Richard Lipsitz said,”I think Mark laid it out well, it’s an alliance of the labor unions and progressive organizations with ordinary people who are looking for relief from some of the worst aspects of the leftovers of this great recession.”
Panepinto said, “I want to look my daughter Natasha in the face and say that ‘Your work is entitled to that of every single man’s. Women deserve equal pay for equal work.’”
Panepinto said passing the Women’s Equality Act will be his first priority after trying to build some bridges in Albany.
Panepinto said, “I’m an organizer by nature. That’s my background, so I want to have a dialogue.”
The district stretches from Grand Island all the way down to Angola.
Panepinto’s win capped off a strong night for Democrats in western New York. It’s a victory party members said is the result of a get out the vote effort.
Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner said, “I think what really worked in the end is the ground game that Democrats traditionally have. Marc was able to put 150 people on the street, from Friday to Monday until tonight, talking to voters, reminding them of Election Day, identifying they are supporters of Marc.”