Charles Whalen is a democrat running to oppose incumbent Rep. Tom Reed in November’s Federal Election. I have invited Charles and the other candidates to share Press Releases, Comments on political issues and other bits of information to help the NY23rd Constituents make an educated choice in the June 26 Democratic Primary, and the November 6 Greeral Election.
Meet Charles Whalen
The son of a machinist dad and a first-generation American mom, Charles Whalen knows the struggles of working families. His dad, who began his trade in the Marines, worked the night shift in a factory and a second job on weekends. His mom, whose parents emigrated from Italy, learned English as a second language and worked as a bookkeeper for small businesses.
Driven to make a difference in the lives of hardworking Americans, Charles worked his way through Cornell University — the first in his family to attend college. Since then, he’s earned national recognition for helping companies, working people, and community leaders in Western New York and across the country find ways to achieve business success and regional prosperity.
Over the past 30 years, while working in various settings, Charles’s aim has remained constant: to improve the lives of working people, retirees, and their families. He’s held countless late-night meetings with factory workers to help companies save and create jobs. He’s forged regional business and labor partnerships to promote economic development in seven Western New York counties. He’s gotten tax rebates on the national agenda when the economy was in recession. And he’s outlined policy options for lawmakers through work at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Charles is married to his college sweetheart, Linda (Burns), a public health nutritionist for New York State. The couple lived initially in Steuben County, where Linda has deep roots and her grandfather ran a dairy farm. In 1990, after the birth of their daughter, Katie, the family moved to its current home in Geneva.
“I’ve devoted my career to fighting for working families. With your help, I’ll take that fight to Congress. My neighbors and yours have been overlooked for too long by Washington politicians. It’s time for that to change. I ask for your support, and look forward to working with you.” — Charles