Crystal Peoples-Stokes

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Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Majority Leader of the New York Assembly
Assumed office
December 17, 2018
Preceded byJoe Morelle
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 141st district
Assumed office
January 1, 2003
Preceded byArthur Eve
Personal details
Born (1951-12-22) December 22, 1951 (age 67)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Children1
EducationBuffalo State College (BS, MS)
WebsiteAssembly website

Crystal Davis Peoples-Stokes (born December 22, 1951)[1] is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly representing Assembly District 141, which includes the city of Buffalo within Erie County, New York.[2]

Early years[edit]

Peoples attended Buffalo State College, where she earned her B.S. degree in elementary education and masters degree in student personnel administration.[2] She worked as a member of the Erie County Legislature representing the 7th District from 1993 to 2002.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 2000, Peoples, a member of Grassroots and the majority leader of the Erie County Legislature, ran against incumbent Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve. The race was described by The New York Times as the toughest election contest of Eve's political career.[3] Peoples-Stokes's Democratic primary election challenge was almost successful,[4][5] and it was credited with energizing minority voters to elect Byron Brown as a New York State Senator.[4]

Peoples was elected to the State Assembly in November 2002, after Eve's retirement. She ran uncontested in the November 2008[6][7] and November 2010 general elections.[8][9]

In December 2018 she was appointed Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly becoming the first woman and first African American to serve in the role.

She lives in Buffalo, New York, with her daughter Rashaun and grandson Kaleb Malik.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Assembly Member Crystal Davis Peoples-Stokes (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Assembly District 141, Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  3. ^ Hicks, Jonathan P. (September 5, 2000). "Contest for Albany Seat Hinges on a Veteran Legislator's Relevance". The New York Times.
  4. ^ a b Hicks, Jonathan P. (October 18, 2000). "To Be State Senator, He Must Beat the Incumbent, Again". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Hicks, Jonathan P. (March 20, 2003). "To Beat the System, They Infiltrated It; A Political Force Grows in Buffalo". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008.
  7. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-23.
  8. ^ "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010.
  9. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-18.

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Arthur Eve
Member of the New York Assembly
from the 141st district

2003–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joe Morelle
Majority Leader of the New York Assembly
2018–present