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Joan Elizabeth Seamans running against Collins for 27th District


Mon, Jan 22nd 2018 04:30 pm
Joan Elizabeth Seamans
Joan Elizabeth Seamans
Joan Elizabeth Seamans says she is a strong, compassionate woman who is ready to bring back decency and be a voice for the people of NY Congressional District 27.
"I fiercely oppose the cycle of special interests funding campaigns and legislation that benefits the wealthy instead of the people in NY District 27," she said. "My opponent, Chris Collins, has confirmed this practice. My donors are basically saying, 'Get it done or don't ever call me again.' My desire is to serve all constituents and put them first, Republican and Democrat alike. I am committed to listen, be engaged and take their concerns to Washington as their congresswoman."
A longtime business owner, she has operated Short Street Photographers in Western New York for more than 30 years. Seamans is a past president of the Williamsville Business and Professional Association, a member the public policy committee for the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and a former trustee in the Village of Williamsville. In addition, she is a member of NAWBO National association of Women Business Owners.
Her political activism is far reaching. Seamans is a founder of a 1,300-member online group focusing on electoral issues, encouraging civic engagement and education of members about political and legislative issues. 
Seamans has worked for four years with families whose children have addiction and behavioral issues. In addition, she has identified what she termed a lack of services for the poor elderly, and spent six years connecting youth with residents of nursing homes all over Western New York.
Seamans is a wife, mother, business owner, community leader and political activist. She and her husband, Gary Nizinski, have been married for 32 years. She has two children. She comes from a humble background. One of eight children, she was taught resourcefulness and self-sufficiency early on. Her father, a World War II Navy veteran, is a lifelong Republican and her mother was a Democrat. She regularly acknowledges she has "a little bit of both of them in me."

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