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Updates from Our Annual Meeting of the Members

On January 24, 2018 the voting members of Ulster People for Justice & Democracy convened for their Annual Meeting of the Members. Members voted to adopt Bylaws and a Code of Conduct, as well as some minor adjustments to our mission statement. Voting member dues were set at $27 for the year, and a new steering committee was elected:

Chair
Rebecca Rojer
Vice Chair
Penny Coleman
Secretary
Bill Barr
Treasurer
Lanny Walter
Member at Large

Ann Brown

Additionally, the following working groups were determined to be active:

  • Healthcare Working Group, chaired by Charlotte Adamis
  • Ulster County Electoral Field Guide Working Group, chaired by Penny Coleman
  • Sheriff Election Working Group, chaired by Rebecca Rojer
  • Ulster County Legislature Observers Working Group, chaired by Elisa Tucci and Tamara Telberg

Anyone interested in getting involved in a working group is encouraged to email connect@ulsterpeople.org to be put in contact with the working group chair(s). Our Calendar and Take Action pages are another good way to learn how to plug in to our work. The next general meeting (recently postponed from February to March) is another opportunity to hear about all of our working groups and find out how to get involved.

CD-19 Candidate Endorsement Process

We are pleased to announce that Ulster People for Justice and Democracy is now accepting applications for our 2018 CD-19 Endorsement.

To help us decide which candidate to endorse for CD-19, we are asking all challengers who are interested in our endorsement to complete our endorsement form. Please see here for instructions.

Our screening committee will contact applicants following receipt of the questionnaire to arrange a personal interview. 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, and may be coordinated with other NYPAN chapters in the district.

Although we have requested that the forms returned by February 15, we hope to accomplish our review of candidates as quickly as possible. Please contact Bill Barr, chair of the screening committee, at runforoffice@ulsterpeople.org with any questions.

About Ulster People for Justice & Democracy

Ulster People for Justice & Democracy is platform-based political organization, unaffiliated with any party, that evolved out of the grassroots group Ulster County Volunteers for Bernie (aka Ulster4Bernie).

As Ulster4Bernie, we coordinated the petitioning effort in CD-19 to get Senator Bernie Sanders on the NYS Primary ballot and secured more signatures than any other Congressional District in New York (February, 2016) and sent two delegates for Bernie to the 2016 Democratic National Convention (July, 2016). We then elected one of those delegates to represent the 103rd Assembly District on the New York State Democratic Committee (September, 2016).

Now as Ulster People for Justice & Democracy, we aspire to bring the energy, enthusiasm and practical experience honed on the Bernie campaign to answer Bernie’s call to “start engaging at the local and state level in an unprecedented way.”

2017 Ulster County Legislature Election Results & Thank You!!

Big thanks go out to the many volunteers who got involved in these vital campaigns, and to the candidates endorsed by Ulster People. You’re an inspiration to us all! Thank you for stepping up and running for office: Laura Hartmann, Lynn Eckert, Jennifer Schwartz Berky, Glenn Geher, Andrew Zink, Julius Collins, Tracey Bartels, James Delaune, Doug Adams, Manna Jo Greene, Hector Rodriguez, Kathy Nolan, and Jonathan Heppner.

Ulster People Wins Big in Yesterday’s Primaries!

While it will still be some time before the results of the write-in campaigns are known, we are pleased to announce that all 4 candidates Ulster People endorsed in the Democratic primaries for Ulster County Legislature won last night – and all with over 69% of the vote!

Congrats to the candidates & thank you to all the volunteers who wrote letters, made phone calls, and knocked on doors! Together we can achieve a just, prosperous, and sustainable Ulster County – onwards to the general election!

PS. We need your help to win in the generals! Please join us and get involved!

Announcing Ulster People’s endorsed candidates for Ulster County Legislature!

Our County Legislature makes decisions that affect our daily lives—from infrastructure, policing, and public health, to our environment, economy, and rights. Ulster People is proud to endorse 13 candidates for Ulster County Legislature (UCL) 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 four candidates for UCL:

  • Lynn Eckert – District 5 (City of Kingston)
  • Julius Collins – District 15 (Town of Wawarsing, Village of Ellenville)
  • Doug Adams – District 18 (Town of Hurley, Town of Marbletown)
  • Kathy Nolan – District 22 (Towns of Denning, Hardenburgh, Olive, Shandaken)

And in the general election for UCL, Ulster People endorses:

  • Laura Hartmann – District 4 (Town of Ulster, Town of Kingston)
  • Jennifer Schwartz Berky* – District 7 (City of Kingston)
  • Glenn Geher – District 12 (Town of Plattekill)
  • Andrew Zink – District 14 (Town of Shawangunk, Town of Wawarsing)
  • Tracey Bartels* District 16 (Town of Gardiner, Town of Shawangunk)
  • James Delaune* – District 17 (Town of Esopus, Town of New Paltz)
  • Manna Jo Greene*† –District 19 (Town of Marbletown, Town of Rosendale)
  • Hector Rodriguez*† – District 20 (Town of New Paltz, Village of New Paltz)
  • Jonathan Heppner*† – District 23 (Town of Hurley, Town of Woodstock)
  • Incumbent
    †Running Unopposed

Anyone who wished to seek the group’s endorsement, regardless of party, was asked to complete a questionnaire which was reviewed by the Ulster People screening 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 screening committee, after which, the committee voted to recommend endorsement (or not). Candidates recommended for endorsement were invited to attend a meeting of Ulster People members. The voting members of Ulster People made the final endorsement decisions.

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

Phonebank Bernie Supporters to let them know about our Ulster County Legislature candidates!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED! All you’ll need to bring is a cell phone and a pen and there will be snacks.