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2021 General Election Endorsements

We’re endorsing 12 more candidates for the 2021 general election – all for Dutchess and Ulster County Legislative races!

Our endorsements include:

Dutchess County Legislature

Dan Degan — District 2

Brendan Lawler — District 4

Pam Kingsley — District 5

John Bohuniek — District 15

Yvette Valdés Smith — District 16

Claire Owens — District 19

Ulster County Legislature

Aaron Levine — District 1

Phil Erner — District 6

Peter Criswell — District 7

Marissa McClinton — District 12

Chris Hewitt — District 21

Kathy Nolan — District 22

We’re tired of county legislators taking us backward. County legislators have a lot of say over how our taxes get spent to benefit us.

Earlier this year, the federal government passed the American Rescue Plan, a stimulus package meant to help families suffering from the economic crisis stemming from COVID-19. County legislators misused the funds, $12.5 million dollars on luxury boxes and other upgrades in a minor-league baseball stadium instead of helping our communities through the pandemic. 

Their lack of leadership extends far beyond misusing funds. In June, They blocked the recognition of Juneteenth — a day commemorating the emancipation of African-American slaves and celebrating African-American culture — as an official holiday.

Our county legislators clearly aren’t working for us, so we’re endorsing candidates who will. Every candidate on this list will prioritize everyday families by fighting to lower everyday people’s mortgages, rent, and property taxes; invest in infrastructure to keep our water clean and safe; ensure all our families and businesses have broadband; and fight a growing opioid crisis with mental health services. 

We can make our counties work for the many – not greedy corporations, billionaires, and political elites. But only if we each pitch in to make it happen together. Help us make our county legislators actually work for us: 



For too long, greedy corporations, billionaires, and political elites have used their wealth and power to rig our country against us. We’re fighting to put power back in our hands.