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The Next Schodack Democratic Club Meeting is Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Peter Andrews VFW on Scott Ave. in Castleton.
The Schodack Democratic Club's annual picnic saw its biggest turnout in years. Many people returned after a few years away, and there were lots of new faces in the crowd.
All the local candidates showed up to socialize and speak with attendees on the key issues of their respective races. Congressional candidates Paul Tonko, NY 20, Sean Eldridge, NY 19, Brian Howard, NYS Senate 43 ED, Phil Malone, NYS Assembly 107 AD, and Rensselaer County DA candidate Carmelo Laquidara joined in the fun.
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Democrats are fielding a strong team of candidates for Congress and State Senate and Assembly.
Paul Tonko: 21st CD
Congressman Paul D. Tonko is serving in Congress representing the 21st District of New York. His district includes all of Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery and Schoharie Counties and parts of Saratoga, Rensselaer and Fulton Counties. Prior to serving in Washington, DC, Paul has nearly two and a half decades of administrative, legislative and policy experience from both the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2007 and as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) from 2007 to 2008.
Congressman Tonko is a nationally recognized expert on energy issues. He is a mechanical and industrial engineer by training. Prior to leaving the Assembly to join NYSERDA, Paul served as chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Energy. While there, he fought to protect consumers, tried to stop utility deregulation and worked to upgrade our aging electric grid. During his time at NYSERDA, Paul worked to advance an aggressive clean energy agenda for businesses and residents throughout New York State. Congressman Tonko has been a strong voice for responsible energy policy, using our generation capacity in Upstate New York for job growth, and leveraging the assets of the Capital Region to lead the nation in clean energy jobs and technology innovation.
Brian Howard: NYS Senate 43
Brian Howard is a husband, father, and veteran educator. He spent 42 years as a classroom teacher, union leader, principal, and school superintendent. His career as a leader in education means he's skilled at problem solving, collaborating, and getting things done.
Brian is happily married to his wife Janet and proud father to his three children: Kate, an attorney in Albany; Eamon, an Iraq War veteran; and Annie, who recently graduated college in New York City.
– The Economy: Bring real economic development to Upstate that focuses on infrastructure, Main Street revitalization, and small business development. Provide a fair living minimum wage.
– Campaign Finance Reform: Limit campaign contributions, publicly fund elections, and bring one-person-one-vote democracy back to New York.
– Education: Restore state funding to pre-recession levels and pause Common Core implementation so teachers and students can catch their breath.
Phil Malone - NYS Assembly 107 AD
Entrepreneur Phil Malone is running for NYS Assembly in the 107th AD to bring a moderate voice to the State Legislature.
Sean Eldridge: 19th CD
Sean Eldridge grew up in a small town in Ohio and attended public schools. His father was the first person in his family to graduate from high school, and his mother grew up in a working class family of immigrants. From a young age, Sean’s family instilled in him the value of public service and the importance of fighting for those who don’t have a voice.
Sean has built his home, his family, and his business in the Hudson Valley. He serves as the president of Kingston-based Hudson River Ventures, an investment company that has created local jobs and grown small businesses throughout our region, including family- and veteran-owned companies. Hudson River Ventures has helped grow more than a dozen local businesses, including Bread Alone, Prohibition Distillery, Gigi Hudson Valley, and many others.
Sean knows that just as we must expand economic opportunity today, we need to invest in the next generation, which is why he founded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz. The Center is preparing students and workers for the new economy by bringing cutting-edge manufacturing technology – including 3D printing – to the region.
Sean has a deep commitment to public service. He’s worked with Planned Parenthood to protect women’s access to health care in the Hudson Valley. As an advocate for civil rights, he helped lead the successful campaign for marriage equality in New York State in 2011. Sean has been a leader in the fight to reform our broken campaign finance system and reduce the power of money and special interests in politics. He’s also worked to protect the environment and the incredible natural resources in our region.
Sean is running for Congress to help break the gridlock in Washington. He will fight to grow our local economy, reduce unemployment and strengthen the middle class. Sean will take on the big corporations and entrenched interests that are drowning out the voices of New Yorkers. He will be an independent voice for us.
Carmelo Laquidera for DA
Carmelo Laquidara, former Rensselaer city judge, longtime prosecutor and defense attorney, is running Rensselaer County District Attorney. He is currently servicing as First Assistant District Attorney.
Laquidara received the endorsement of the Rensselaer County Democratic committee to run for district attorney in November, a seat vacated Jan. 1 when Rich McNally was sworn in as a state Supreme Court judge.
Laquidara, a graduate of Albany Law School, was on the city bench since 2007. He has been an attorney in private practice and a defense attorney. As a former assistant district attorney, he worked on domestic violence cases in Rensselaer County and prosecuted street crimes in Albany County. He also worked as a US Customs officer. He and his wife, Julie, and two daughters live in Rensselaer.
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