Working Families Party backs Metzger for Senate

Rosendale Councilwoman Jen Metzger, one of two Democrats looking to challenge Republican state Sen. John Bonacic, announced Monday that she has gotten the endorsement of the labor-backed Working Families Party in her bid for the 42nd Senate District seat.

“Jen Metzger proves that you don’t need to make a false choice between principled, progressive values, and winning elections,” Phillip Leber, the party’s Hudson region political director, said in the press release from Metzger’s campaign. “Social movements can only do their jobs if we elect authentic progressives, and Jen Metzger is the real deal.”

Both Metzger and Pramilla Malick, the Orange County environmental activist who challenged Bonacic two years ago, have registered as Democratic candidates for the 42nd District. They’ll compete in a Sept. 13 primary if both stay in the race. State candidates must file their election petitions by July 16.

“For two decades now, our state senator has made a career out of taking money from corporate donors and polluters, while giving us handouts,” Metzger said in Monday’s announcement. “I look forward to partnering with the Working Families Party to support – not block – legislation that meaningfully improves the lives of the people in our district.”

The 42nd District takes in parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties and all of Sullivan. Bonacic, a former Orange County legislator and assemblyman who lives in Mount Hope, has been a senator for almost 20 years.

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