Over the past six years, Dutchess County’s leading elected officials have awarded tens of millions of dollars in county contracts to private companies that helped fund those officials’ campaigns for office.

This November, voters have a chance to elect representatives who pledge to work to end “pay-to-play” politics in our county, cities & towns. Come meet the candidates and vote on November 7th!



BACKGROUND


While going door-to-door over the last few months, it has become clear to us that many citizens feel that their voices are not being heard.  For decades, most of the elected positions in our local and county government have been dominated by a single party that does not represent the constituency.

Many voters in Dutchess County are frustrated by a lack of transparency, accountability, and the appearance of widespread corruption, manifesting as policies advancing special interests over the needs of constituents.

During our time canvassing, citizens across many political persuasions voiced support for campaign finance reform, which is desperately needed to combat the rampant “pay-to-play” corruption that plagues our local government offices.

Legislation curbing political donations from companies that enter into contracts with county government was passed by the Orange County Legislature in 2013.  It is inexplicable why the Dutchess County Legislature refused to seriously consider a nearly identical resolution.  There is a clear disconnect between the will of the people and the majority party that supposedly represents them.

With the election this November, we have an opportunity to make our voices heard.  An unusually large number of exceptional people have stepped up to run for local office this year.  Many of these candidates have never run for office before, but are running because they are inspired to serve their local communities.


We have identified candidates who pledge:


  1. They will neither seek nor accept campaign contributions from companies that do business with county or local government; and
  2. They will actively work to advance and pass legislation to end corruption and make local government transparent to all.

We believe that candidates should be accountable to the people, which is why we are holding a rally. Please join us on Saturday, October 21 at 2pm at the Dutchess County Legislature (22 Market St. in Poughkeepsie, NY) to meet the candidates.