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Candidate petitioning gets underway for June primary.

The 2021 petitioning for candidates to gain access to this year’s ballot will kick off on Tuesday, March 2 and continue for three weeks. A member from the Democratic Party or candidate may be coming to your door asking you for your signature on a designating petition for candidate(s) for local office(s). In light of COVID precautions, the required number of signatures has been reduced by 30% but we still need signed petitions to qualify candidates for the ballot. How can you help? If you live in Saratoga Springs, contact your district representative (look them up on this page) and let them know you’re willing to sign petitions with safety measures scrupulously observed. If you’re outside Saratoga Springs but a registered voter in Saratoga County, contact County Chair Todd Kerner at tkerner1@gmail.com.

Train the Trainer (T3) program offered for Democratic candidates, campaigns, local leaders.

T3 is a free six-week, twelve-part course covering several aspects of grassroots campaigning. T3 trainings will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 -8:00 pm ET, beginning on Tuesday, March 16, and concluding on Thursday, April 22. All trainings will be recorded and made available following each session via a weekly wrap-up email, delivered on Fridays. Participants MUST register by Sunday, March 14, 2021, and must complete all sessions in order to receive certification. Sign up here.…

SSDC Candidate Questionnaire now available

For those who have decided to seek endorsement as a democratic candidate for the City of Saratoga Springs, the next step is to complete the newly-released candidate questionnaire which is now available here. The questionnaire is designed to help us learn more about you as a candidate and your vision for the city and its residents. Download the Candidate Questionnaire.

To be eligible for an endorsement interview, a completed questionnaire must be returned to Georgana Hanson, Chair of the Nominations Sub-Committee at georgana.hanson@saratogadems.org. City Chair Sarah Burger said, “With President Biden winning Saratoga County by over 7k votes, this should be the year of the Democrat. We hope to build on the momentum of November’s record breaking turnout.”

In addition, County dems Chair Todd Kerner advises that “We are still looking for candidates both at County and local level! If interested for County level – please contact me (county races open are County Clerk, Surrogate’s Court Judge, Coroner and Sheriff). If interested for Town or City level – please contact your town or city chair.”

With a shortened petitioning season, time is of the essence. So if you are interested in running, please complete and return the petition right away!…

Thank you Georgia! Thank you Saratoga! 

The races were close, but Democratic candidates won both Senate seats in the Georgia runoff—meaning both houses of Congress will have a Dem majority! Thanks to the many local folks who wrote postcards, contributed to the Warnock and Ossoff campaigns directly or to Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight voter mobilization drive, and to the Schenectady Dems who traveled to Georgia to put boots on the ground in the cause of democracy and against fascism.

State, local dems call for Stefanik’s resignation. Sign the petition below.

The petition, sponsored by the New York State Democratic Party, demands that Republican Representatives Chris Jacobs (NY-27), Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Lee Zeldin (NY-01) resign for their complicity in Wednesday’s deadly insurrection on the US Capitol. Said State Chairman Jay S. Jacobs, the four “have not only violated their oath of office, they have disgraced the districts and state that they represent. These four have spent weeks and months delegitimizing our electoral process thereby undermining our faith in our democratic institutions. Yesterday, we saw the grave consequences of supporting such divisive and false claims. These Elected Officials do not deserve to hold office and represent New York. If you agree, please sign this petition demanding their resignation.

UPDATE: In addition, a constituent in the 21st district is circulating a petition via change.org which has already collected over 18,000 signatures. See and sign the petition here.…