Ulster Dems back Metzger in Senate primary race

Rosendale Councilwoman Jen Metzger announced the endorsements of the Ulster County Democratic Committee and two grassroots organizations in her competition with fellow Democrat Pramilla Malick to run for the state Senate seat John Bonacic is vacating.

Metzger’s campaign said Thursday that the Ulster committee unanimously endorsed her at its convention on Monday night, and that she also got the support of Citizen Action of New York and of Ulster People for Justice and Democracy, a chapter of the New York Progressive Action Network. She previously had touted the endorsement of the Working Families Party.

“Jen shares our vision for a just, prosperous, and sustainable future – and has a real record of doing the hard work necessary to make that a reality,” Rebecca Rojer, chairwoman of Ulster People for Justice and Democracy, said in Thursday’s announcement. “She brings dissenting voices together while staying committed to her values, and works tirelessly to make things better for all of us.”

Metzger, a founder and the director of the nonprofit Citizens for Local Power, and Malick are both seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 42nd Senate District, which takes in parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties and all of Sullivan. Malick, an environmental activist from Minisink who leads the  citizens group Protect Orange County and has led opposition to the newly built power plant in Wawayanda, challenged Bonacic for his seat in 2016. Bonacic, a Mount Hope Republican, is retiring after 20 years as senator, and Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, a Republican, is running to succeed him.

Ulster Democratic Chairman Frank Cardinale and Sullivan Democratic Chairwoman Donna Schick both endorsed Metzger when she declared her candidacy in March. The Orange County Democratic Committee is set to hold its convention on Wednesday and will make its endorsement in the 42nd Senate District race then. Orange Democratic Chairman Brett Broge told the Times Herald-Record last month that he wouldn’t make his own endorsement before then.


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