Jen Metzger for County Executive
Gathering at Kingston City Hall on Saturday, September 17, 183 members of the Ulster County Democratic Committee arrived first to affirm the slate of UCDC officers at the organizational meeting and then to cast their weighted votes for their County Executive candidate among March Gallagher, Jen Metzger and Marc Rider at the Nominating Convention. An additional 60 members were online to do the same. When the votes were tallied at the convention, Jen Metzger emerged victorious with 64.4% of the vote and will be on the Democratic line this fall.
“I am honored by the overwhelming support of the Ulster County Democratic Committee in nominating me to be the Democratic candidate for Ulster County Executive. I hope to have the opportunity to build on Pat Ryan’s work,” said former State Senator Jen Metzger. “I want to express my appreciation for fellow candidates March Gallagher and Marc Rider for engaging in a campaign of ideas. I look forward to working with them if I have the privilege to be elected.”
Who is Jen?
Jen Metzger grew up in a poor family that moved constantly because they couldn’t afford a place to live. Thanks to a good public education and her hard work, she changed her own direction in life. Overcoming these challenges has inspired her to work tirelessly for her community and our region.Jen has lived in Rosendale with her husband and their three boys for over 20 years.
Her many volunteer projects in Rosendale include organizing tree-plantings, managing signage projects, working to preserve the trestle, and a hundred other projects that matter to the residents of Rosendale. She served as Deputy Supervisor and multiple terms on the Town Board, and while on the Town Board, she started and ran a nonprofit that successfully fought against rate-gouging by Central Hudson.
As a NY State Senator, Jen was the first Democrat ever elected in her historically Republican district. In addition to passing nation-leading climate protection legislation and laws protecting reproductive freedom, she focused on issues that affect our daily lives in Ulster County, such as broadband access,housing safety, and protecting small farmers.
As a leader on the NY State Cannabis Control Board, Jen is working to establish the most significant new industry in our state in decades, based on principles of fairness and sustainability.
Jen is running against Town of Ulster Supervisor, Jim Quigley, a rich Republican famous for his ill temper.
CONGRESSMAN Pat Ryan
Pat was elected on August 23 to represent the citizens of the current NY 19th congressional district vacated by Antonio Delgado in May when he ascended to Lt. Governor. He is running now (in the November 8th election) for a full two-year term in the new NY 18th congressional district, The district lines in this new 18th are very different from the old 19, but both maps include Gardiner.In the November 8 election, Pat’s opponent will be a Trump Republican who gave a pep talk to a busload of January 6th protestors.
TIME TO GOTV
The Gardiner Dems will be going door to door, making phone calls and writing postcards to voters, putting up signs and more to GOTV. As always, here in Gardiner IF WE VOTE WE WIN! IF WE DON’T TURN OUT, WE LOSE. Please circle November 8 on your calendar and make sure you vote. Early voting starts on October 29 and goes until November 6 at the New Paltz Community Center and five other locations around the county.
signs. Please be on the lookout for anyone stealing or defacing Democratic yard signs and take pictures of the act and the perpetrator’s license plate if you think it is safe to do so–these people are cowards, so they are unlikely to stop or intimidate you from photographing their crime. WE WILL PRESS CHARGES!