The Democratic Rural Conference of New York State sent a questionnaire to many of the state-wide Democratic candidates for office this year. The questionnaire asked, for example:
- List your qualifications for this office including but not limited to other offices you have held, educational background, etc.
- What contact and experiences have you had with parts of the state, other than where you currently reside, which demonstrate your recognition of the geographic, demographic and economic diversity of the state and your ability to provide leadership on behalf of all New Yorkers?
- What issues do you believe are of most concern to voters in rural counties, and what will be your message in addressing those issues?
- How have you expressed and demonstrated a commitment toward building our party statewide and what are your ideas for future party building, specific to rural counties?
- In the event of a primary for the office you are seeking, will you support the winner of the Democratic primary? (This calls for a YES or NO answer only.)
- How have you and how will you defend and further the rights of small counties to be represented in the decision making process and in governmental and political positions?
Please see the individual completed questionnaires below for the full set of questions and responses. Click on the candidate’s name in the table to see her or his response. We will post responses as we receive them.
The latest DRC Bulletin, #34, for August, 2018, is now available.
Candidates for the Democratic nomination for New York Attorney General will attend a forum hosted by the Democratic Rural Conference of New York State (DRC) at 7 pm on Monday, August 27, at Genesee Community College in Batavia. Leecia Eve, Tish James, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Zephyr Teachout have all confirmed their attendance at the event.
|Sean Patrick Maloney
DRC Chair Irene Stein said, “We’re very glad to be able to create this opportunity for our membership to hear from these candidates. It would be difficult for those running for Attorney General to visit each of our counties in this truncated campaign; this allows them to speak to rural Democrats and their concerns in a very direct way.”
Candidates will be able to make introductory statements, answer questions from DRC Board members about rural issues, and take questions from the audience.
The DRC represents Democrats from New York counties with populations less than 250,000. Democrats from 47 of the 62 counties in the state belong to the organization, which has been a force in New York Democratic politics for over 20 years.
The #BlueTsunami won’t come to New York unless we make some waves! We’ve all heard about what a good year it looks like it’s going to be for Democrats, but that’s not just going to happen by itself. It’s not going to be a weather event; it’s going to be the result of our work. Throughout upstate New York, there has been greater energy and enthusiasm on the ground since the 2016 election than most of us have seen before, but Facebook posts and protest signs won’t mean much if we don’t translate them into votes. We have to make sure Democrats in our counties turn out in November, because so many Democrats don’t bother going to the polls unless there’s a presidential race.
New York is consistently toward the bottom of the pack when it comes to voter turnout. In fact, in the last midterm election in 2014 only 34% of eligible New Yorkers cast their ballots! And we lost a lot of races we needed to win. We simply must do better in 2018!
With better Democratic turnout this year, we can help flip the House and put a crucial check on the Republicans in power who seem intent on jeopardizing everything that truly does make America great. We can elect Democrats up and down the ticket, so that New York can become “true blue” throughout the state. We can also make sure we’re creating a bench of future candidates upstate to run for higher offices in the future. But it won’t happen if we don’t turn out our voters who don’t usually show up in off years.
That’s why the DRC is proposing our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program to help you get more Democrats to the polls. It’s a simple and easy way to connect with our potential voters and show them how important their vote can be on Election Day. As the pamphlet lays out, it’s a 3-step process. Each county committee distributes the names of 10 inconsistent Democratic voters to each county committee member. Each county committee member then contacts the 10 people they’ve been assigned 3 times over the course of the campaign season, explaining the importance of their votes, answering questions, and doing everything possible to encourage them to show up at the polls in November.
Pilot programs like this have dramatically increased Democratic turnout. And each county will be able to track their results for themselves. We’d love to hear back from you after the election how the Neighbor-to-Neighbor worked in your county, but we’ll all get a sense when we hear the results on Election Night!
Congressional races in DRC territory will include some of the most important in the nation, when it comes to taking back the House this fall. Please, help your local Democratic congressional candidate however you can, but you might also consider becoming a small donor supporting candidates in the other DRC districts.
NY 18: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney*
NY 19: Antonio Delgado (https://www.delgadoforcongress.com/)
NY 20: Rep. Paul Tonko (http://paultonko.com/)
NY 21: Tedra Cobb (https://www.tedracobb.com/)
NY 22: Anthony Brindisi (https://brindisiforcongress.com/)
NY 23: Tracy Mitrano (https://tracymitranoforcongress.com/)
NY 24: Dana Balter (https://electdanabalter.com/)
NY 26: Rep. Brian Higgins (https://www.facebook.com/higginsforcongress/)
NY 27: Nathan McMurray (https://votemcmurray.com/)
*Rep. Maloney does not have a website for his congressional campaign.
Please note that NY 25 is entirely within Monroe County, which is not classified as rural.
Here are some great signs for our upstate Congressional candidates!
We’re pleased to publish the winter edition of our DRC Bulletin from Lorie Longhany, Editor. Many thanks to Lorie for her continued effort in bringing us important DRC news.