NYS Congressional District 16 – Endorsement!


The long-awaited 2020 elections are here, and so are ProChoice Voter’s endorsements and ratings.

Tuesday, June 23rd, is the NYS Primary.  Early voting begins on June 13th. Because of COVID-19, all registered NYS voters will receive an application for an Absentee Ballot in the mail for the Primary Election. In order to receive your ballot, you MUST return that application!

ProChoice Voter is making endorsements and rating in each of the three congressional races that involve Westchester County.

Today we look at NYS Congressional District 16*. Only the Democratic Party is holding a Primary in this district. There are five candidates in the race. Only ONE candidate is worthy of our endorsement!

Congressman Eliot Engel is endorsed by ProChoice Voter, and rated 100% prochoice (150% if it were mathematically possible!). 

Engel has proven himself over and over again to be an outspoken, unequivocal advocate for women’s reproductive freedom – a true champion. Engel knows that when women can make decisions that are best for them, they and their families thrive.


Not all candidates are created equal.
1 of the 4 other candidates is anti-choice.
3 of the 4 other candidates in this Primary are pro-choice but NOT ENDORSED. 

Sammy Ravelo is Anti-Choice.

The other 3 candidates rated pro-choice BUT NOT ENDORSED are: 
ProChoice Voter Endorsement Policy
ProChoice Voter is a federal political action committee that makes its endorsements based on the candidate ratings made by the Board of Directors of WCLA – Choice Matters. ProChoice Voter’s endorsements are determined case by case. These ratings and endorsements have been made based upon interviews, actions and questionnaires, and are an evaluation of the candidates’ positions on a woman’s right to choose.To be considered for endorsement, candidates must complete and return the Organization’s questionnaire and participate in an interview if requested. Candidates who fail to return the questionnaire are rated anti-choice and have been fully informed of that consequence before making their decision. All endorsements are made on a strictly non-partisan basis. The questionnaires, incumbents’ and opponents’ records, leadership, and helpfulness during the legislative session are all reviewed. Consistency between candidates’ actions, interviews and questionnaire responses is important. Each race is voted separately. Incumbents may be endorsed over pro-choice challengers if they have consistent voting records and have established a reputation for strong leadership and extra effort in advancing access to abortion and contraception. Non-incumbents may be endorsed if they have demonstrated leadership on the issue.
Endorsement is considered only for those who unequivocally support:

  • Access to abortion and contraception for ALL women, unimpeded by laws, restrictions or regulations;
  • Strict confidentiality for all reproductive health care;
  • Coverage by public and private insurance of abortion and contraception.*What comprises NYS Congressional District #16? In Westchester County: Eastchester, parts of Greenburgh, Mamaroneck, Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham, City of Rye, Scarsdale, Yonkers; plus parts of the Bronx.