Candidates

The Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus endorses the following candidates. Knocking on doors and reaching out to voters is the single best way that we can turn out the vote and win in November. Click on the candidate’s name to find information about how you can volunteer to help.
 
The district includes Dutchess County from Hyde Park north and stretches across the eastern portion of New York state in several other counties.
“I support women’s rights to make their own health care decisions.  Unlike Congressman John Faso, who has called Roe v. Wade a “black mark upon this country,” and voted for a health care bill that defunded Planned Parenthood, I will fight to defend women’s rights from an assault by the current President and Republican-led Congress. I also strongly support opposing any use of taxpayer money for settlements in sexual harassment suits.  I will also work to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work.”
This district includes Dutchess except Beekman and Pawling and parts of Putnam.
“I care deeply about our community and am very concerned that government is not representing the majority. Important issues and concerns of women are being ignored and undermined.” 
Karen Smythe’s opponent, the Republican incumbent senator Sue Serino, has consistently voted against women’s reproductive rights. 
This gerrymandered district includes most of northern Dutchess including the town of Poughkeepsie and southern Columbia. It excludes the city of Poughkeepsie and the towns of Rhinebeck and Red Hook. Didi is the incumbent.
“As a lifelong advocate for women and girls and reproductive rights, I strongly believe we need to strengthen our commitment to women’s reproductive health in New York State and codify Roe into law.”
This district includes the remainder of Dutchess County but excludes the city of Beacon.
For fifty years I have been an activist fighting for women’s, lgbtq, and minority rights and I want to continue to be a voice for them in Albany.”
This is a special election in Beekman and Unionvale to fill a vacancy caused by a resignation of the Republican legislator.
“Local government is more important now than ever. We have the ability to provide incentives and infrastructure to attract small business and encourage local entrepreneurs which are often women.”
 
Dutchess County Judges
In addition to state and federal representative, it is critical to recognize the importance of electing local and state judges who share our values and will protect the needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable. These two candidates have the judicial temperament to serve with compassion and integrity.
“Throughout my 32 years of practice, I have represented thousands of individuals in Family Court, through emotional cases of domestic violence, divorce, custody issues and neglect.  Currently, I am justice for the Town of Red Hook. I have been rated as “highly qualified”- the highest possible rating – by independent organizations. I am confident that my judicial experience, impartial temperament and integrity will serve to maintain the dignity of all individuals who find themselves in Family Court.” 
The Dutchess County Surrogate’s Court handles a wide range of emotional and complex estate, trust and guardianship matters.  These matters often arise from the loss of a loved one or a bitter family dispute and can involve large inheritances or the personal needs and liberties of a person in need of a legal guardian. Surrogate Court Judge is a position that also includes being an Acting State Supreme Court Judge.  Tom Mansfield has the the experience and integrity to be an impartial and fair arbiter, committed to the best interests of all who appear before the court.