Senate Candidate Says She Can Give Voice To Those Unheard
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 7, 2005
ALBANY, NEW YORK--"My life has put me in a position where I have experienced firsthand the difficulties people can face but, at the same time, the difference that can be made when we care enough to work together for a cause that reaches beyond ourselves," reads Brooke Ellison's website.
"It is with this awareness that I embark on my latest commitment: running for New York State Senate in 2006, for New York's 2nd senatorial district."
Ellison, 26, was injured in a car accident in 1990. Since then she has been paralyzed from the neck down, and uses a wheelchair and a ventilator.
In the past few years, she has become a notable public speaker and earned a degree from Harvard University. She is currently studying for a doctoral degree in political psychology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.
Ellison and her mother wrote the book "Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey", which was made into the 2004 TV movie "The Brooke Ellison Story", which was directed by the late actor/director Christopher Reeve
A Democrat, Ellison says she wants to address such issues as housing, education, transportation, the environment, and "embracing the promise of stem cell research".
"I have worked to give a voice to those who continue to go unheard, and my message of hope and perseverance lies as the basis for all that I do," she wrote on her website. "Now, I am fighting to bring a refreshing change to Long Island's politics by running for the New York State Senate."
"Quadriplegic Ellison Eyes State Senate" (Associated Press via ABC News)
Brooke Elision Website