Democratic committee members tonight nominated attorney and activist Karen McMahon as the party’s candidate in the 146th Assembly District.

“My life and career have been shaped by the belief that our greatest obligation is to make a difference in the lives of others and to speak for those who can’t always speak for themselves,” McMahon said.

“As an attorney and as a mother of three daughters who is deeply concerned about how national political trends will affect the future of all New Yorkers, I intend to be a strong voice in Albany for this district and the people of Western New York.

“Whether it’s the economy, education, the environment, or the rights of women to stand as equal citizens in every way, we have a lot of work to do, and I can’t wait to get started,” McMahon said.

“Karen will be a great addition to our delegation in Albany come next January,” said Democratic Party Chair Jeremy J. Zellner. “The committee members considered all potential candidates and made their choice on the basis of her impressive qualifications and deep community roots.

“Karen joins a growing list of promising new Democratic leaders, from Nate McMurray in Grand Island to Brian Kulpa in Amherst, and we are proud to nurture and support such outstanding individuals,” Zellner added.

McMahon, who was born and raised in Buffalo, earned her undergraduate degree at SUNY Buffalo before also receiving her law degree at SUNY Buffalo.

During a three-decade career, McMahon served as a law clerk to judges in the state Appellate Division as well as legendary federal district court Judge John Curtin, whose rulings ended school segregation in Buffalo.

McMahon and her husband, Jeff, now have a private law practice that represents parents of children with special educational needs.

They have lived in the Village of Williamsville for 21 years.