Ulster People Endorses Strong, Rounds & Clegg!

Ulster People for Justice & Democracy is proud to endorse Pat Strong, Byran Rounds, and Dave Clegg

Ulster People for Justice & Democracy is proud to endorse the following candidates for countywide office in 2019, who, if elected, will shift the balance of power and make real change possible:

  • A thriving and inclusive local economy that supports ALL our residents.
  • Protection of the rights and well-being of the most vulnerable among us.
  • A healthy, sustainable environment for now and generations to come.

Pat Strong for Ulster County Executive 

Pat Strong

Pat Strong has shown a dedication to fighting for local jobs, restorative justice, and the environment here for decades. Strong wrote the charter of the Kingston Land Bank that turns abandoned houses into affordable housing and she advocates a county-wide Land Bank to do the same throughout Ulster County. Pat Strong helped establish a program to find housing, employment and services for ex-offenders returning to Ulster County. Since 2003, Strong has led a coalition of 23 municipalities cooperating to become more energy efficient and switch to renewable energy. Driven by her passion for service to our community, Pat Strong is fighting to bring us green jobs, training for employment, and broader social justice. Strong advocates increasing the scope of the new Restorative Justice Center and leading the county to 100% renewable energy with a focus on creating local green jobs. Pat Strong’s past achievements show her fierce dedication to these goals.

Bryan Rounds for Ulster County Court Judge 

Bryan Rounds

Bryan Rounds believes practicing criminal law is his life’s mission. In the twenty-five years Rounds has practiced criminal law, Rounds has both prosecuted and defended every type of crime that would come before the Ulster County Judge. He has argued appeals of criminal cases in both New York’s Appellate Division for the Third Department and the Federal 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, as he is admitted to practice law in New York’s Federal Courts. He has developed a reputation for being an effective, charismatic and compassionate attorney who upholds the highest standards of ethics. Bryan Rounds has a track record that has earned him the enthusiastic endorsement of Ulster People.

Dave Clegg for Ulster County District Attorney

Dave Clegg has an extraordinary career of legal service. After clerking for the NAACP in college, Clegg served for four years as a VISTA volunteer providing legal aid to the Lakota Sioux in Nebraska and South Dakota. In his 37 years here since then, Clegg has served as a defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender for nine years and Chair of the Ulster County Human Rights Commission. Dave teaches college-level classes at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility with the Rising Hope Program. As District Attorney, Dave intends to end cash bail for those charged with misdemeanors unless they are a public safety risk. When elected, Clegg states he will not prosecute low-level marijuana offenses except in extraordinary circumstances. Clegg advocates the use of Drug Court to rehabilitate people addicted to opioids. Dave Clegg is committed to changing from the current emphasis on maximizing convictions to a new system of restorative justice. 

About Our Endorsement Process

Any candidate who wished to seek the group’s endorsement, regardless of party, was asked to complete a questionnaire. An endorsement committee comprised of voting members reviewed the questionnaires. If the responses showed a strong alignment between the candidate’s views and actions and Ulster People’s platform, candidates were invited to interview with the endorsement committee, after which, the committee voted to recommend endorsement (or not). The voting members of Ulster People made the final endorsement decisions. A candidate must receive the support of at least two-thirds of all voting members to receive an endorsement.

At this time, Ulster People has only considered candidates seeking countywide office. We will soon announce the opening of our endorsement process for county legislature candidates. More information may be found at ulsterpeople.org/run-for-office.

So now that we’ve endorsed them, let’s help get them elected!

Join us at an upcoming event to learn how to get involved:

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Press inquiries, contact connect@ulsterpeople.org.

2019 Countywide Office Endorsement Process

We are pleased to announce that Ulster People for Justice and Democracy is now accepting applications for our candidates seeking our 2019 endorsement in countywide races (D.A., County Executive, and County Judge).

As a result of New York state’s newly consolidated primaries, we are working under an accelerated endorsement process. Therefore, we ask that candidates seeking county-wide office complete our 2018 State & Local Endorsement Questionnaire by Tuesday, February 12 by midnight, and submit a resumé and candidate bio. Please also contact Thomas Brown (tcbrown350@gmail.com), chair of the screening committee, ASAP to schedule an interview with our endorsement committee.

The committee will make a recommendation based on platform support and viability as a candidate. Final endorsement decisions are determined by a vote of our voting membership. That vote is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Monday, February 18.

For county legislature candidates interested in our endorsement: our 2019 candidate questionnaire will be released soon. Please keep an eye on this page, or sign up for our email list, for details.

An Invitation for Candidates Seeking County Offices in 2019 to Address Ulster People for Justice & Democracy

Ulster People for Justice & Democracy will host its annual Members Meeting on Monday, January 28 at 6pm at the Rosendale Rec Center. We invite candidates running for county-level offices in 2019, and interested in seeking our endorsement, to address our membership at this meeting.

Due to the accelerated timeframe of the special election, for candidates seeking the office of County Executive, we ask that you complete our Local Candidate Endorsement Questionnaire prior to the meeting. Candidates who have completed our questionnaire in prior years need not do so again, unless their positions on the issues have changed since they last completed the form.

Candidates running for other offices are asked to not fill out the questionnaire at this time, as our endorsement committee will release an updated 2019 questionnaire shortly.

We can accommodate up to 6 candidates at this meeting. Preference will be given to those running for county-wide office (County Exec, Justice, DA) and then to non-incumbents.

Candidates will be given 5 minutes to speak, with the possibility for Q&A and (based on how many candidates attend).

Please RSVP to connect@ulsterpeople.org.

In Solidarity,

Steering Committee of Ulster People for Justice & Democracy

 

About Our Endorsed Candidates

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon for NYS Governor

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Cynthia Nixon, though best-known as an award-winning actor, is a long-time activist for public schools, marriage equality, and women’s rights. She advances an agenda for a New York that serves the many, not the few: rent justice, marijuana legalization, improved public transportation, a clean energy economy, and drivers licenses for all. She has great clarity about the specifics of Albany cronyism and the inhumane consequences of austerity. She is refreshingly honest about the areas in which she lacks experience and surrounds herself with good, experienced people while leveraging her celebrity into a formidable force against Cuomo’s $30 million war chest. Just two months into her candidacy, she has deftly used her intelligence, humor, and media connections to promote her platform in ways that have already moved the conversation– and Cuomo – to the left.

Jumaane Williams

Jumaane Williams for NYS Lieutenant Governor

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Jumaane Williams has been a forceful voice on the NYC Council for affordable housing, anti-gun violence measures, fair policing, equity, and social justice. He authored the legislation that ended Stop and Frisk in NYC, and championed youth employment initiatives. He has a background in community organizing and has prioritized housing initiatives and tenants’ rights. He is also a committed immigrants rights activist. He is running to be “the voice of the people in state government,” with a vision to transform the office of Lieutenant Governor into the role of independent advocate for all New Yorkers.

Juan Figueroa

Juan Figueroa for Ulster County Sheriff

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Juan Figueroa is uniquely qualified to bring real change to the Ulster County Sheriff’s department. His plans include diversifying the department, introducing training to combat racism, treating the opioid epidemic as a public health, rather than a criminal justice, issue, and refusing to cooperate with federal immigration agents targeting our undocumented neighbors. As a Marine Corps veteran with 22 years years of service and 25 years as a NY State Trooper and Investigator, he has extensive experience in law enforcement. As a person of color who has experienced discrimination, he understands the challenges– and importance– of fostering mutual trust and respect between law enforcement and the community. He believes immigrants must be able to contact the Sheriff’s Office without fear, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Driven by a strong sense of justice and public service, he is committed to serving and protecting all residents of Ulster County and upholding due process and equal protection under the law.

Jen Metzger

Jen Metzger for NYS Senate District 42

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Jen Metzger is a town councilwoman, environmental activist and community advocate. She is deeply knowledgeable about social, environmental, and economic issues. As director of Citizens for Local Power, Jen negotiated the first ever reduction in Central Hudson’s service charge and led the effort to keep the Pilgrim Pipeline from carrying Bakken crude oil through our backyards, an effort that produced a domino effect up and down the Hudson River. As a municipal official, she has pursued a local, sustainable energy economy and improved quality of life for residents without raising the costs. She has done so by being simultaneously respectful, fierce, stubborn, smart, compassionate and effective.

Pat Strong

Pat Strong for NYS Senate District 46

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Pat Strong brings a progressive vision to economic, environmental, and creative possibilities for the Hudson Valley. She has been an advocate for fully and fairly funded public schools, common sense gun safety, effective interventions and treatment for those addicted to opiods and programs to disrupt the school to prison pipeline. She is an advocate for renewable and sustainable energy and environmental justice for communities suffering the effects of toxic pollution. Pat will be a strong voice against the antidemocratic forces at work in our body politic.

Joyce St. George

Joyce St. George for NYS Senate District 51

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Joyce St. George promises to be a real representative for a district that has felt largely ignored for too long. Her career in law enforcement in NYC, where she was the first female investigator to serve in the AG’s anti-corruption unit, included rooting out crime within the criminal justice system, working with the US Justice Department to mediate between police and communities of color and training others in crisis and conflict management. She has since worked as a court mediator for Delaware-Otsego Counties, assisted FEMA providing crisis services following Irene and other disastrous storms, spearheaded the movement to evict the Mercer-funded, Bannon-inspired Reclaim NY from Delaware County, and hosted a radio program, “Conflict Revolution,” that brings together people with different perspectives. She advocates for rural communities and family farms, for sustainable energy, economic equity and social justice. And as a Puerto Rican woman, she brings a much needed perspective and voice to Albany politics.

Announcing Ulster People’s 2018 Endorsements!

Ulster People 2018 Endorsements

Ulster People is proud to endorse the following candidates for State and County office, who, if elected, will shift the balance of power and make real change possible:

  • A thriving and inclusive local economy that supports ALL our residents.
  • Protection of the rights and well-being of the most vulnerable among us.
  • A healthy, sustainable environment for now and generations to come.

In competitive primary races, Ulster People is endorsing the following candidates:

Cynthia Nixon Cynthia Nixon for NYS Governor
Jumaane WilliamsJumaane Williams for NYS Lieutenant Governor
Juan FigueroaJuan Figueroa for Ulster County Sheriff
Jen MetzgerJen Metzger for NYS Senate District 42

And in the general election:

Pat StrongPat Strong for NYS Senate District 46
Joyce St. GeorgeJoyce St. George for NYS Senate District 51

On the CD-19 Race

In the CD-19 race, Ulster People is inspired by the number of candidates who embrace the people-friendly policies of our platform. Given the many strengths of the candidates and our shared commitment to defeating John Faso in the general election, we have decided not to endorse any individual candidate at this time. We look forward to working hard after the primary for a candidate who shares our values. In the meantime, we will focus our efforts on supporting our endorsed candidates at the county and state levels.

About Our Endorsement Process

Any candidate who wished to seek the group’s endorsement, regardless of party, was asked to complete a questionnaire which was reviewed by Ulster People’s endorsement committee. If the responses showed a strong alignment between the candidate’s views and actions and Ulster People’s platform, candidates were invited to interview with the endorsement committee, after which, the committee voted to recommend endorsement (or not). The voting members of Ulster People made the final endorsement decisions.

So now that we’ve endorsed them, let’s help get them elected!

You may also volunteer or donate to the candidates directly through their websites (linked above).

We also encourage you to like each candidate’s Facebook page (also linked above) and like, comment, and share their posts!

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Press inquiries, contact connect@ulsterpeople.org.