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  • Writer's pictureClaverack Democrats


CLAVERACK, NY – The Claverack Democratic Committee proudly endorsed its Democratic slate of candidates at its Quarterly Meeting on April 14. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, State Senator Michelle Hinchey (SD41), and State Assemblymember Didi Barrett (AD106) were all unanimously endorsed for re-election. In addition, the Claverack Democrats were honored to endorse Josh Riley for Congress (NY19).


Stephanie Sussman, Claverack Town Chair, said, “The Claverack Democrats are fired up to help our slate of Democratic candidates win in November, including taking back control of the House.” She added, “When our Democratic candidates are elected, they will protect the freedoms we have – our reproductive rights, civil rights, voting rights, and marriage equality – and make healthcare more accessible and affordable for all. They understand that agriculture is vital to both our district and the country and will fight to protect our environment now for future generations to thrive.”


Josh Riley’s values and pro-democracy campaign platform will continue to build on the successes of the Biden/Harris Administration. Unlike his opponent, Josh takes no money from PACs and, when elected, will fight for campaign finance reform, keeping corporate money out of our elections. Josh will also work to fix our broken immigration system, allowing small farms to have greater access to labor.


“I’m honored to have the support of the Claverack Democrats as we work together to defend Democracy, secure Social Security, restore Roe, and strengthen the Middle Class,” said Josh Riley, who spoke with the Claverack Democrats prior to the endorsement proceedings.


Assemblymember Barrett has always focused on fighting for what matters to Hudson Valley communities, including protecting the Hudson River, standing up for reproductive freedom, fighting Lyme and other tick-borne infections, combating our lack of affordable housing, and keeping costs down for our families.


“It has been a pleasure to represent my hometown for more than a decade in the New York State Assembly,” said Assemblymember Didi Barrett. “I thank the Claverack Democratic Committee for their endorsement of my re-election. I look forward to continuing to deliver results for my friends and neighbors in the Town of Claverack and all my constituents in the 106th Assembly District.”


Senator Hinchey is an advocate for our upstate communities, making sure our issues are reflected at the table, including protecting reproductive rights and expanding healthcare, making life more affordable, addressing the climate crisis, bolstering infrastructure and broadband, strengthening our farms and food supply, and supporting public safety efforts and education.


“Having the support of our local democratic committees means the world, and I’m honored to be endorsed by the Claverack Dems!” said Senator Michelle Hinchey. “It’s more important than ever that we work together to uplift our communities and protect our basic human rights. I’ve been inspired by the work and commitment shown by the members of the Claverack Dems and look forward to working with them towards victory in November!”


Senator Gillibrand is committed to making sure families have a fighting chance to succeed and is focused on providing access to high-quality, affordable health care; creating more good-paying jobs; protecting our environment; championing for our veterans and service members; and fighting to protect our national security.


“I am grateful and honored to receive the endorsement of the Claverack Democrats, and look forward to fighting alongside them to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in Claverack, Columbia County and across our state,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “This will be the most important election of our lifetimes, but it will take all of us, working together, to get the job done.”


The Democratic Primary for State Assembly is on June 25, 2024, with Early Voting beginning June 15 through June 23. The General Election is on November 5, 2024. For more information, please visit


Claverack Democratic Committee

The Claverack Democratic Committee is committed to putting our core democratic values to work on a grassroots level. Our strength comes from our beliefs of honoring inclusion and diversity; respect for liberty, equality, and justice; and improving the quality of life for all in our community. For more information, visit




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