Putnam County Democrats officially endorsed Mondaire Jones as its candidate for New York’s 17th Congressional District at its annual meeting Nov. 30, joining neighboring Westchester and Rockland counties in the backing.
Putnam Dems also took formal endorsement votes in support of incumbent County Legislator Nancy Montgomery (District 1), Assemblywoman Dana Levenberg (District 95), State Sen. Peter Harckham (District 40), U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and President Joe Biden.
During the annual meeting, Jones inspired party leaders from all six Putnam towns by recounting his successes during what he calls the most productive Congress in modern history (2019-20), and talked about his goals for the future as Democrats take back control of the House of Representatives.
“In one of the most competitive races in the country, in an election that could literally decide the fate of our democracy, Putnam Democrats stand ready and energized to take back this seat and get Congress back to working for the American people,” said Putnam Dems Chairperson Jennifer Colamonico. “Mike Lawler must be held accountable for how little he has done other than support a literal zealot to lead his do-nothing caucus – no matter how many mailings he sends spinning fabrications of the truth.”
In 2023, Democrats won 62 percent of the seats where they competed across Putnam. Voters re-elected Putnam Valley Highway Supervisor Shawn Keeler, as well as the Philipstown team of Supervisor John Van Tassel, town board members Judy Farrell and Bob Flaherty, Town Clerk Tara Percacciolo and Highway Superintendent Adam Hotaling. They also elected Angela Thompson-Tinsley as Philipstown town justice, and outgoing Putnam Valley Clerk Sherry Howard to the Putnam Valley Town Board.
Putnam County Democrats intends to support candidates in other races this year, including State Senate District 39, State Assembly District 94, two other seats on the Putnam County Legislature and a special election for Carmel Town Board. Interested candidates should contact the committee as soon as possible, at firstname.lastname@example.org.