Kingston business owner will challenge Amedore

Kingston business owner and Democrat Pat Strong will kick off her campaign on Friday for the state Senate seat held by George Amedore, the Rotterdam Republican who has represented the 46th District since 2015.

Strong registered as a candidate on Monday and planned to hold a kickoff rally on Friday evening at Keegan Ales in Kingston. “As a business owner and parent, I’m concerned about the direction our nation is heading in,” she said in a press release a day earlier. “We need to make our schools and public spaces safer; counter the unfairness of the federal tax cuts, make health care a human right, push for more green jobs, support manufacturing, small businesses and family farms, and tackle the structural funding problems of our public schools.”

Strong said her business provides technical assistance and energy education to government agencies, engineering firms and other clients, and is now helping local governments convert to LED street lights. She used to work as district director for Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, a Kingston Democrat who lent words of praise for Strong for her press release.

The 46th District has a Democratic enrollment edge and consists of part of Ulster County and all or parts of four other counties to the north. Amedore won the seat in 2014 by defeating an incumbent Democrat by a comfortable margin, and crushed his opponent two years later in his first re-election bid.

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