About the Candidates

The Candidate Review Committee met on May 5, 2021 and discussed endorsements and funding recommendations based on applications received at that time. 

A guiding principle is our by-laws, which state:

DDWC has the discretion to endorse registered Democratic candidates in general elections running on the Democratic line in Dutchess County and may endorse other candidates running on the Democratic line in Dutchess County. DDWC has the discretion to make endorsements of such qualified candidates in primary elections.

In addition to an endorsement, DDWC has the discretion to offer financial support to registered Democratic women running on the Democratic line for elective office in Dutchess County.

On May 18, the entire Executive Board meet and voted to endorse the following candidates:

Judicial Endorsements for 2021 Primary and General Election
Democratic primaries are indicated with a single asterisk (*), Working Families primaries are indicated with a double asterisk (**)

Candidate Endorsements for 2021 Primary and General Election
Democratic primaries are indicated with a single asterisk (*). Working Families primaries are indicated with a double asterisk (**). Candidates marked in blue are incumbents running for re-election.

  • Alana Sawchuk, Poughkeepsie Town Council (Ward 3)
  • Alexandra Bopp, Poughkeepsie Town Council (Ward 1)
  • Ann Shershin, Poughkeepsie Town Council (Ward 6)
  • Barbara Pallazzo, Poughkeepsie Town Supervisor
  • Barbara Walsh, Dutchess County Legislator (District 22)
  • Brennan Kearney, Dutchess County Legislator (District 11)
  • Claire Owens, Dutchess County Legislator (District 19)
  • Coral Santos, Poughkeepsie Town Council (Ward 4)
  • Cynthia McCallion-Mas, East Fishkill Town Council
  • Dan Aymar-Blair, Beacon City Council (Ward 4)
  • Dr. Christopher (Chris) Parks, Poughkeepsie Town Council (Ward 5)
  • Eliot Werner, Clinton Town Board
  • Eric Eckley, Dutchess County Legislator (District 21)
  • Heather O’Dell, Wappinger Town Council (Ward 2)
  • Ildiko Orlando, Dover Town Board
  • Jacqueline Bardini,** Fishkill Town Council
  • John Bohuniek, Dutchess County Legislator (District 15)
  • Kathleen Dailey, Wappinger Town Council (Ward 4)
  • Kenya Gadsden*, Fishkill Town Council
  • Martha (Marty) Henry, Dover Town Board
  • Michael Whitton, Clinton Town Supervisor
  • Molly Rhodes, Beacon City Council (Ward 1)
  • Nick Page, Dutchess County Legislator (District 18)
  • Pamela Kingsley, Dutchess County Legislator (District 5)
  • Rebecca Edwards, Dutchess County Legislator (District 6)
  • Robin Licari, Wappinger Town Supervisor
  • Robin Lois, Dutchess County Comptroller
  • Rose Ann Valencia, Poughkeepsie Town Receiver of Taxes
  • Sarah Salem,* Poughkeepsie City Council Member-at-Large
  • Sarina A. Teuschler, Dutchess County Legislator (District 7)
  • Tameka Santiago, East Fishkill Town Council
  • Wren Longno, Beacon City Council (Ward 3)
  • Yvette Valdes Smith, Dutchess County Legislator (District 16)

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