Friday, October 9, 2009

Roosevelt Legacy Endorses 10 Columbia Candidates

Ten Democratic candidates in Columbia County have received campaign grants and endorsements from the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee.

The grants awarded to the 10 total $3,550, reported the Columbia County Democratic Committee, in announcing the endorsements.

Founded in 2001 with the mission of increasing women’s participation in government, the ERLC was designed to build a new generation of Democratic women candidates, informed voters and activists in New York State.

Echoing the sentiments of all the recipients, Robin Andrews, who is running for supervisor in Claverack, said,

“The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee’s endorsement is very important support to my campaign. It demonstrates confidence in my ability to win this seat. I am extremely grateful to Eleanor’s Legacy.”         



The 10 recipients and the offices they are running for are: 

Robin Andrews, Claverack supervisor. Andrews, who lives in Philmont, has worked for the Village as a member of the Main Street Committee and the Local Development Corp, and currently as a trustee on the Village Board. She was a leader in the effort to keep Pine Haven in Philmont, and looks forward to bringing fresh energy and scrutiny to the decision-making process of the supervisors.  She wants to get it right the first time.

Morgen Bowers, Town Board, Claverack. Bowers is a volunteer firefighter with the Churchtown Fire Company, farmer and attorney. She works at a law firm in Chatham and has an alpaca farm, Dreamwood Farm, in Churchtown.

Jessica Byrne, Justice, New Lebanon. Byrne is a litigation attorney who also holds a master’s degree in criminal justice. She has criminal and civil trial experience and is looking to bring her experience, legal knowledge, and strong sense of ethical responsibility to the New Lebanon Town Court. 

Landra Haber, Town Clerk/Tax Collector, Chatham. Haber served for 13 years as the only Town of Chatham resident on the Ichabod Crane Central School Board of Education. Her professional experience includes a variety of positions in the nonprofit and education arenas, including the New York State Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (CASANYS).

Lee Jamison, Supervisor, Stuyvesant. Jamison comes from a dairy family in Orange County and holds a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She provides psychiatric services to adults with developmental disabilities. An active community worker, she is secretary of the Kinderhook Library Board of Trustees and serves on the MRDD Subcommittee of the County Community Services Board. In Stuyvesant she volunteers for the Rail Station Restoration Committee, Farmers Market and Recreation Committee.

Nancy Thomas, Town Clerk, Stuyvesant. Thomas has worked in state government and the private sector and has owned her own business; currently, she is a supervisor at the Times Union. She is active in several volunteer organizations, including the PAX student exchange program and the Red Cross, and served in lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.

Michelle Richardson, Town Board, Stuyvesant. Richardson, who also grew up on a family dairy farm in Orange County, holds a degree in electrical engineering from SUNY New Paltz. She assisted Stuyvesant residents with analysis and research regarding their property re-vals and in preparing for Grievance Day. Her priority is to keep Stuyvesant affordable by supporting fair, transparent assessments and responsible spending. With 14 years in project management roles in the high-tech field, she looks to put her analysis and problem-solving skills to work for Stuyvesant.

Audrey Koran, Town Clerk, Taghkanic. Koran has decades of administrative experience that includes the creation and management of budgets and financial records, document research, and data organizing and reporting. She seeks to modernize the methods and systems the town uses and to employ the latest technology for reporting and maintaining records.

Nancy Moore, Town Board, Clermont. Moore has worked for Taconic Farms in Germantown for more than 20 years and also works on her own family farm. She is involved in the community through the Columbia County Farm Bureau and as a Sunday School teacher.

Meg Robertson, Supervisor, New Lebanon. Robertson served on the Town Board for eight years and is completing her first term as supervisor. She looks to continue to serve the town’s residents “with compassion and fairness,” aware of the economic challenges they face.


Since its founding, the ERLC has helped elect more than 400 women to state and local office across New York State and equipped more than 600 women with the skills they need to run and win. This year it endorsed 150 female Democratic candidates across the state.



Thank You!