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President of Rochester women's rights group announces NYS Assembly run

Jaclyn Richard declared her candidacy for the New York State assembly on Tuesday. (Photo: Jacyln Richard)

Brighton, N.Y. (WHAM) - The president of the Rochester chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is running for New York State Assembly office.

Jaclyn Richard declared her candidacy for the New York State assembly on Tuesday.

Richard is running for the 136th Assembly District, which is currently held by incumbent Democrat Joe Morelle. Earlier this week, Morelle announced his intention to run for the 25th Congressional district seat formerly held by Louise Slaughter.

Richard said her campaign platform will focus on women’s rights, including the passage of the Women’s Equality Act. She also outlined other priorities, including family issues, economic opportunities to create jobs for working families, access to affordable housing and health care for seniors, adequate funding for schools, gun safety and ethics reform.”

“I will continue to be a champion for legislation supporting the rights of LGBTQ and other underrepresented communities," Richard said.

Jaclyn was born in Rochester, graduated from Irondequoit High School, and lives in Brighton with her longtime partner. They have a son who graduated from Brighton High School, as well.

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