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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        

Contact:  Ashley Dittus

April 8, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                       

Kingston, NY – The Ulster County Democratic Committee submitted over 5,000 signatures to the Board of Election for municipal and county offices, the most that have ever been submitted in county history.The minimum signature requirement to appear on a major party line countywide is 1,000 signatures but was reduced to 750 to accommodate recent changes in the electoral calendar. In comparison, the Ulster County Republican Committee submitted 1,006 signatures for the office of County Executive. Dave Clegg submitted 2 ½ times more signatures than the republican candidate for District Attorney, and they were unable to field a candidate for County Court Judge.

Gladys Figueroa, Ulster County Democrats Vice Chair responded: “I would like to thank committee members as well as registered Democrats (not committee members) who volunteered their time by carrying petitions for our candidates.  Also thanks to the staff at the BOE for all our hard work.”

Ulster County Democratic Committee Treasurer and Chair of the Ulster County Young Democrats stated: “Thank you to all of our dedicated party members who helped us turn in thousands of signatures for our 2019 local candidates. With the first major hurdle of this election cycle cleared, we are one step closer to victory in November.”

The Ulster County Democratic Committee has the most robust grass roots organization in the Hudson Valley. “Our work during this petition cycle has shown that we are committed to putting in the effort required to see our candidates through to the finish line,” stated Ashley Dittus, Ulster County Democratic Committee Secretary. “We loved speaking with over 5,000 of you in the last month and we are not stopping until we engage all Democrats across the county to reclaim our County legislature, modernize our judicial system and maintain the level of services that residents have come to expect from our executive leadership.”

The most recent enrollment figures show that Democrats have a 18,412 enrollment advantage over Republicans, creating the greatest Democratic Party advantage in county history. A special election for the office of Ulster County Executive will take place on April 30. Primaries will be held on June 25 and the general election will take place on November 5th.