Daily News Online
March 7, 2016
The Livingston County Democratic Committee has endorsed Diana Kastenbaum, a Batavia businesswoman, in her bid to unseat Congressman Chris Collins, R-Clarence.
The Committee “really liked her experience as a small business owner, someone who has fought to keep jobs here,” said Democratic Committee Chair Judith Hunter.
Kastenbaum is CEO of Pinnacle Manufacturing Company, a zinc and aluminum die casting manufacturing company in Batavia started by her father in 1972. It is one of the last die casters left in the state.
Kastenbaum, a Democrat who lost a nine-candidate bid for Batavia’s City Council in 2013, met with the Committee on Feb. 2. She declared her candidacy on Feb. 26.
“She spoke quite persuasively, not only about how she made a commitment to keep her business here, but how she also held others in the supply chain here,” Hunter said.
The Committee was also encouraged that Kastenbaum was from one of the four rural GLOW-region counties in a district that has often been represented by someone from Erie County.
“She was raised in Batavia. She understands the rural counties, but she also has great life experiences and a business background,” Hunter said.
Kastenbaum has noted how she intends to campaign following the style of Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a former 27th District Congresswoman who encouraged the support of small donors and made her presence known with frequent visitors across the sprawling district of more than 700,000 people.
“What set Kathy apart,” Hunter said, “was that people appreciated that she showed up. She understands that you can’t stay in the office.”