Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sean Eldridge - Democrat for Congress

Sean Eldridge for Congress
19th Congressional District Map

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.

Didi Barrett for Assembly

Didi Barrett for NYS Assembly

106th Assembly District Map

Didi Barrett was elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election in March 2012 and re-elected to a full term in November 2012. A resident of the Hudson Valley for more than 25 years, she came to elected office after a career as a community activist, writer and longtime leader of not-for-profit organizations. As a member of the Assembly she serves on the Committees on Mental Health, Economic Development, Aging, Veterans Affairs and Agriculture.

Didi is passionate about the agricultural, natural, and cultural resources of the Hudson Valley and their critical importance as economic engines and job generators. She is a member of the board of Sprout Creek Farm, an educational farm in Poughkeepsie and an advisor to the National Young Farmers Coalition. Didi spearheaded the creation of the Dutchess Girls Collaborative to support local girls and young women. She helped launch and is a board member of the North East Dutchess Fund (NED) of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, which focuses on improving life in the six towns of northeastern Dutchess County. She helped create the pioneering NED Corps program, with Dutchess Community Action Partnership, to deliver social services to this rural region and serves on its affiliated Latino Roundtable. She is formerly a trustee of the Anderson Foundation for Autism, board member of the Millbrook Education Foundation and consultant to the Hudson Valley resident professional theater company Half Moon Theatre. She writes a blog, Diner Dialogues: Talk of the Hudson Valley, that explores many of these issues.

Didi’s family has deep roots in the Hudson Valley, and a long involvement with Dutchess and Columbia counties. In 1938, her grandfather and great-uncle bought a farm in Ancramdale which still remains in the family. Didi’s husband, David, grew up in the Hudson Valley town of Middletown. The couple has two children, Alec and Annabel.

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Brian Howard for State Senate

Brian Howard
for NY State Senate
43rd Senate District Map

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.

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