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.

Vote in the 2018 State/Local Primary!

Vote! Polls are open Noon – 9PM.

If you are a DEMOCRAT in ULSTER COUNTY, please vote Juan Figueroa for Ulster County Sheriff!

If you are a DEMOCRAT in NEW YORK STATE, please vote Cynthia Nixon for Governor and Jumaane Williams for Lt. Governor!

If you are a DEMOCRAT or UNAFFILIATED/INDEPENDENT voter in NY STATE SENATE DISTRICT 42 (in Ulster County, that’s Rosendale, New Paltz, Gardiner, Shawangunk, Wawarsing, and Denning), please vote for Jen Metzger for State Senate!

Read about why we’ve endorsed these candidates.

Find your polling place.

Step 1: Find your “election district” at https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov

Step 2: Lookup your polling place here.

ATTN: NEW PALTZ, PLATTEKILL & WAWARSING voters: Your polling site may have changed!

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Know Your Rights!

In New York State, it is illegal to ask for an ID at the polls!

The only exception is if you are voting at your polling location for the first time and the Board of Elections was previously unable to verify your identity with the DMV or Social Security Office. This typically only happens if you did not provide a drivers license or social security number when you registered to vote. If this happened, you should have received notice from the Board of Elections prior to election day. You can verify your identity with any of the following: a valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or some other form of government document that shows both your name and address.

(Here’s the law, see page 12).

Trouble at the Polls? Report it!

If you experience any issues voting today, or feel you are being discriminated against at the polls, please call the Attorney General’s voter hotline at 800-771-7755 or the Nixon campaign hotline at 646-688-4124. You can also email the AG at civil.rights@ag.ny.gov. Locally you can contact the Ulster Board of Elections at 845-334-5470. Please also notify Ulster People if your problem is not resolved by emailing connect@ulsterpeople.org.

Did you know that independent voters not registered in a political party can vote for Jen Metzger in the primary?


If you are an unaffiliated, independent voter in State Senate District 42*, who does not belong to any political party, you can also VOTE for Jen on September 13th!

Independent voters can write in “Jen Metzger” on the line on the Reform party ballot. More details here.

* In Ulster County, District 42 includes the towns of Rosendale, New Paltz, Gardiner, Shawangunk, Wawarsing, and Denning.

Figueroa for Sheriff Fundaraiser in Rosendale

NOW it is time to put fuel into this campaign. Join us June 19th at 6pm for an inspiring evening at the stunning 1850 House in Rosendale. Refreshments will be served. Cash bar. Come meet Juan and mingle with other supporters determined to hold the office of Ulster Sheriff to our highest values.

RSVP to juanforulster@gmail.com or 845-549-3507

Suggested Donations:
50 dollars: Friend of Juan
100 dollars: Partner in Justice
200 dollars: Star of Ulster

Make your donation online at www.figueroaforsheriff.com/donate or by check at the event made payable to Juan Figueroa for Sheriff.

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“Today I commit to you that if elected Sheriff, I will protect all residents of Ulster County and all visitors — no matter your race, gender, religion or political affiliation. The office of Sheriff belongs to the people. I share your values and I will bring those values to the office.” —JF

Help get Cynthia & Jumaane on the ballot!

No More #StatusCuomo

We are officially in petitioning season, and have just a bit over a month to collect the thousands of signatures our candidates need to get on the ballot. If you are a registered Democrat, we need your help!

Not sure if you are a registered Democrat? Lookup your voter registration here.

Upcoming Petitioning Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Host an “Petition Party”

Hosting a Petition Party is fun and easy! All you need to do is hang out for a couple hours at a location and time of your choosing, help people sign the petition correctly, and maybe chat about the candidates for a bit.

You can host a house party, or ask your favorite bar, restaurant, or coffee shop for permission to use their space.

UP will handle promotion of the event, so you don’t have to worry about that – though we hope you’ll invite your friends!

To make sure the petitions are completed correctly, you will need to attend a brief training. You can find upcoming trainings on this map, or we can train you individually.

If you’re interested, please email rebecca@ulsterpeople.org for more details!

Carry Petitions

Would you like to carry a petition to collect signatures from friends, co-workers, and neighbors? You can get a walk-list to go door-to-door, attend a farmer’s market or other public event with a clipboard, or just gather signatures at work! Contact rebecca@ulsterpeople.org for petitions, training, and turf – or find a nearby petitioning event here.

Sign a Petition

If you don’t have time to host an event or carry petitions, we still want your signature! Keep an eye on the map for upcoming petition parties near you — all it takes is 5 minutes to stop by and sign!

Not a registered Democrat? You can still help!

We need volunteers to make turnout calls and texts for our events, help with data entry, deliver petition materials to volunteers, and more! Contact rebecca@ulsterpeople.org to get involved.

About the Candidates

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 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.

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.