A union backs Helming, a former congressman backs Plumb, NRA shoots support Collins' way

With the Nov. 8 election less than a month away, endorsements continue to roll in, with a few new ones this week.

In the race for the 54th state Senate seat, candidate Pam Helming announced an endorsement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 840).

“It is with great pride that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers support Pam Helming for the 54th Senate District in New York State,” stated Michael L. Davis, president of Finger Lakes Building Trades Association in a release. “Pam has shown her commitment to the working class people of our region and her dedication will be an asset for the working class of the Finger Lakes for years to come.”

“I thank the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 840, for their ongoing dedication and hard work to fostering a better workplace for both men and women within the electrical industry of Upstate New York,” stated Helming. “It is an honor to have their support as I continue my campaign for the 54th Senate District. As Senator, I look forward to being their voice and advocate in Albany as we work to provide the tools necessary to continue their hard work in this region.

“As Senator I am committed to making our region a better place for all families to live and work. I will fight to repair our aging infrastructure, grow jobs and the economy and create ample opportunities so that everyone has the chance to succeed,” Helming stated.

Helming is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Ontario County businessman Floyd Rayburn, a Republican, is running on the Reform line.

In the 23rd Congressional race, between Rep. Tom Reed. R-Corning and Democrat John Plumb, Plumb announced an endorsement from former lieutenant governor, congressman and Jamestown mayor, Stan Lundine.

“I’m excited about John Plumb’s candidacy for Congress,” stated Lundine in a release. “I’m confident that John’s military experience and strong roots in the Southern Tier will make him an excellent and independent advocate for our entire region.

“I believe he will serve with the honor and integrity that has been ingrained in him through over two decades of service as a U.S. Navy Officer," Lundine continued. "And as a candidate from the Jamestown area, I think he is exceptionally well-qualified to represent the hardworking men and women that live in rural communities all along the Southern Tier.”

“I’m honored to receive Mr. Lundine’s endorsement. When he was a Congressman and Mayor representing the Southern Tier and Jamestown he always put the needs of our rural communities first, bringing people together to find solutions that benefited the entire region. I respect and admire his leadership,” Plumb said of the fellow Democrat.

In the 27th Congressional race, between Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence and Democrat Diana Kastenbaum, Collins announced an A+ rating and endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

“On behalf of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) and our five million members, we are proud to endorse Chris Collins. His pro-gun record and steadfast support for the Second Amendment speaks for itself, earning him an 'A+’ rating from the NRA-PVF. New Yorkers can trust Chris Collins to fight against the gun control agenda of President Obama, Hillary Clinton and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Congress," stated Chris Cox, chairman, NRA-PVF.

“The unconstitutional regulations passed in Washington and Albany have stripped Western New York gun owners of their Second Amendment rights and freedoms," stated Collins in a release. "In Washington, I have been proud to advocate on behalf of the law-abiding gun owners whose constitutional rights are constantly under attack by President Obama and Governor Cuomo. I am honored to receive an A+ rating and the full support of the NRA, and will continue to fight for our Second Amendment rights."

NRA ratings for Congress members are based on their respective votes and efforts to promote and protect the Second Amendment, stated the release.