Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Deputy County Exec. Ken Jenkins have endorsed Pete Harckham for NY State Senate in District 40 for the Democratic primary on September 13.
“I have known and worked with Pete Harckham for nearly twenty years,” CE Latimer shares. “During that time he has been a champion for our party and our core progressive values. He has a strong track record of accomplishment fighting discrimination and improving the lives of those less fortunate among us. He possesses an unwavering dedication to working families and the bread and butter issues that concern us all. “Pete has been a staunch advocate in the fight against climate change and many other issues relating to the quality of our environment, both globally and in our own communities. Yet, he also understands the pressure people in the Hudson Valley feel from the burden of high taxes”
Harckham expressed his appreciation for CE Latimer’s endorsement;
“I am honored to be endorsed by Westchester County Executive George Latimer,” Pete Harckham states, “the finest public servant I know. George and I have worked together in various capacities for nearly twenty years. It is a privilege to receive his support and validation of our core message – experience matters. I look forward to working with him to address the challenges faced by the residents of the Hudson Valley and to bring progressive change to the New York State Senate.”
DCE Jenkins notes Harckham’s record of progressive legislative accomplishments and executive state government experience make him the most capable candidate to win the November election against incumbent Republican State Senator Terrence Murphy.
“I had the pleasure of working with Pete Harckham on the Westchester County Board of Legislators for nearly eight years and I am proud to endorse him for the New York State Senate in the 40th District,” says Jenkins. “His experience as a county legislator and Democratic majority leader will serve his constituents well in the Senate. For the four years that I was chair of the board and Pete was the Democratic majority leader we worked closely together on a daily basis,” Jenkins adds. “He never shied away from challenging issues, even when they were politically risky to him, and as our caucus leader he never compromised our Democratic values or principles and always stressed Democratic unity.”
“Together we implemented better budgets than those submitted by Astorino, fought housing discrimination, saved childcare and homes from foreclosure, advanced solar initiatives and provided funding for mandated phosphorous reduction in the NYC watershed communities. When the Governor asked Pete to join his Administration to roll out restored CDBG funding, Pete understood how important this funding was to Westchester communities. He brought a unique understanding of Community Development Block Grants and took to the task with extreme professionalism and engagement, as was noted by the stakeholders he worked with. I encourage all Democrats in the 40th District to vote for Pete Harckham for New York State Senate on September 13th,” Jenkins says.
Harckham shows his appreciation for DCE Jenkins as well;
“I am extremely gratified to be endorsed by Deputy County Executive and former Board of Legislators Chair Ken Jenkins, a true progressive champion,” says Harckham. “Having worked with him closely for years, he knows better than anyone the challenges we faced, the obstacles that we overcame and the progressive successes that we shared. I am proud to have earned his trust.”
Jenkins’ endorsement follows Harckham’s endorsement by Westchester Country Executive George Latimer.
“His experience as a legislator and a caucus leader positions him best to help unify the Senate Democratic Majority conference to pass meaningful common sense gun safety legislation, protect reproductive healthcare rights, advance the rights of victims of abuse, and to provide universal healthcare for all New Yorkers,” CE Latimer goes on to say.
New York State Senate District 40 includes parts of Northern Westchester (Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Sleepy Hollow, Somers, Yorktown) Putnam (Brewster, Carmel, Patterson, Southeast) and Dutchess (Beekman, Pawling).
Harckham will face coalition-builder, human rights activist, and educator, Robert Kesten in the Thursday, September 13th Democratic primary. The district has elected a Republican in every election since the 1914 election. The last Democrat to hold the seat was John F. Healey, who served briefly from 1913-1914.