Democratic candidate for state senate Alessandra Biaggi was endorsed Thursday by the Westchester Women’s Democratic Alliance for the seat in District 34, an area that includes parts of Westchester and the Bronx.

Biaggi is challenging incumbent Senator Jeff Klein, Senate deputy minority leader and former Independent Democratic Conference head, in a Democratic primary Sept. 13.

“The Westchester Women’s Democratic Alliance is happy to endorse Alessandra Biaggi. It is imperative for the women of Westchester County, and for the women of the entire State, that our interests are fully represented in the New York State Senate.  Over the course of his tenure, Ms. Biaggi’s opponent has at best failed to take actions in the best interest of women, and at worst, has stood in the way of the advancement of women, families, and the people of New York State.  Ms. Biaggi has not only exhibited an understanding of the issues facing her constituents, but has also committed to making sure that her constituents will be forcefully represented in the Senate.”

Biaggi has also been endorsed by Westchester County Board of Legislators Majority Leader Catherine Parker.

A strong proponent of electing women to political office, she’s worked in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on projects and policy pertaining to women’s issues, and was involved in Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as Deputy National Operations Director. Biaggi has spoken out against sexual misconduct in state government, and she’s a supporter of the Reproductive Health Act.

Self-described as, “1,300+ democratic women, and we are growing,” the Westchester Women’s Democratic Alliance is “ready to capitalize on the momentum of the 2016 election and its aftermath to make sure that our voices are heard and our communities are safe, happy, and healthy places for all their residents.”