In a tremendous display of unity, the Democratic committee members of the 2nd Legislative District unanimously endorsed political newcomer, April Baskin, for Erie County Legislator.
Baskin is a single mother, graduate student at Buffalo State College, and native of the West Side who founded The College Simulation in 2014 an educational initiative dedicated to improving college retention rates for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program uses dramatic roleplaying to help pre-college students develop time management and financial management skills, and to better understand the responsibilities associated with collegiate success. Over the past two years, the program has provided 1,700 disadvantaged youth with college readiness and workforce development and received praise from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
Baskin said, “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Democratic Committee. The chance to add a fresh perspective to a legislative body where only three women are currently serving is remarkable. My great uncle, legendary community activist Johnnie B. Wiley, inspired my dedication to developing the inherent potential in our people and neighborhoods. As a county legislator, I will work to ensure fairness in economic development and to unify residents in all parts of the district so that we can enjoy our fair share of our city’s newfound renaissance.”
“It truly is remarkable,” said Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner. “April has a great energy about her. She inspired the committee to unanimously support because they see her as the right direction for the future.”
Baskin is a graduate of The Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts with a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY Empire State College, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Buffalo State College.