Martz’s political leadership

To the editor:

I became intrigued by politics during the 2008 presidential race. What makes politics compelling is the concept of how one individual can impact thousands of others.

I am a sophomore at SUNY Plattsburgh studying political science, history and public relations. After the 2016 presidential election, I knew the nation was going to need to work hard to ensure that more people become engaged in the political process if we want to see a wave of Democrats elected to office in the 2018 midterm election. The 2016 election inspired many to become engaged in the political process. Like Emily, I was also inspired. I contacted Emily with a close friend, and we expressed our political interests and how we would love to volunteer for the campaign. For the past six months, I have been fortunate enough to volunteer for Emily and to get to know her on a more personal level. During the congressional forum at Clinton Community College on Nov. 20, she was the candidate who had extensive answers to the questions presented and was personable with her constituents.

As a former college professor, having a long-term career in economic development and working for a nonprofit group called the Adirondack North Country Association, Emily has the experience to unify the district, create more economic opportunities, and a stronger health care and educational system for our children. Our district is unique because we have the Adirondack Park. Emily is passionate about utilizing our natural resources and creating developmental opportunities for the park. She is running for office to serve the people of NY 21, not the elite in Washington.

We need a leader for the North Country who will fight for us. Emily is exactly what New York’s 21st Congressional District needs in 2018.

Kristin Berkey

Plattsburgh

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