Brooke Ellison Runs For State Senate.Brooke Ellison, another Candidate with a Disability
On Long Island, Democrats hope Brooke Ellison, an author who is a quadriplegic, was the subject of a 2004 television movie directed by actor Christopher Reeve, can unseat Sen. John Flanagan.
With Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer at the top of the Democratic ticket, and enjoying high approval ratings in the state, while there is flagging support for Republican Gov. George Pataki and President Bush, many pollster give Ellison a good chance. Brooke Ellison was hit by a car in 1990 at the age of 11 while she was on her way home from school. The accident left her paralyzed from the neck down and ventilator-dependent.
Last year, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. Ellison is running for State Senator for the Senatorial District 2, in Suffolk, Long Island. Brooke, now 27, has also graduated from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government with a Masters degree in Public Policy and had been enrolled in the Ph.D. program in political science at Stony Brook University. The details of Brooke's life have been widely covered in such publications as The New York Times, People Magazine, USA Today, Newsday, Biography Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune, as well as, such programs as Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, and Larry King Live.
Sources: various sources, including the Brooke Ellison campaign web site