We must win: New York Congressional Endorsements

EDITORIAL | 10/27/2016, midnight
This year’s presidential election is pivotal for the future of America. We have endorsed Hillary Clinton wholeheartedly in these pages ...

Colleen Deacon, who is seeking the congressional seat in the 24th Congressional District (Wayne, Cayuga and Onondaga counties), also comes highly recommended by the president, and from what we’ve learned of her track record she is an experienced public servant having worked in city government and elsewhere. On her webpage she outlines some of her objectives, and none resonate with more interest than her educational proposals, which are close to her heart because she is the parent of a public school student. She has promised to create world-class schools equipped with the best resources and teachers. Her opponent is formidable but not unbeatable. Down-ballot Democrats have a real fighter in Colleen Deacon and we are in her corner with our endorsement for her in the race for the 24th Congressional District.

Kim Myers faces a strong field in her quest to be the representative for the 22nd Congressional District (Chenango, Cortland, Madison and Oneida counties, and parts of several other counties in central New York). But we like her working-class background (she learned the intricacy of business by working in her father’s company). Her political bona fides are bolstered by an endorsement from the Sierra Club, and she ran unopposed in the primaries. She was the minority leader of the Broome County Legislature, where she led the fight against the opioid addiction crisis. For this and other women’s health issues, we throw our support to Kim Myers and endorse her to be the next representative for the 22nd Congressional District.

If the 1st Congressional District (Eastern Long Island) race was based merely on the amount of emails we received from a candidate, then Anna Throne-Holst would win hands down. But the candidate who started her own school and who has been a staunch advocate of gun control faces an uphill battle in a region that includes the tony Hamptons. Even so, as Southampton’s Regional Supervisor she demonstrated a keen understanding of how to reduce budgets and upgrade the town’s bond rating. She appears to have her hand on the pulse of working-class conditions without disparaging the more endowed residents of her district. Given her sense of diversity and compassion, we endorse Anna Throne-Holst to be the representative of the 1st Congressional District.

In the primaries Mike Derrick ran unopposed as a Democrat in the 21st Congressional District (Clinton, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis and several other counties in the northeastern part of the state). Derrick faces a tough battle against the Republican incumbent but appears up to the task as a military veteran who has served in Iraq and as someone well-versed in foreign affairs. A West Point graduate, Derrick knows firsthand the importance of discipline and trust, and these are traits that we certainly need in a congress rife with corruption and mendacity. We don’t know a lot about him, but he’s an appealing candidate and we place our vote with him and endorse Mike Derrick for the 21st Congressional District seat.