Dear Friend,

This week we are reaching out to friends, volunteers and concerned citizens. Tomorrow, June 5th, we start the state & local petitioning period for this election cycle. This is when campaigns go door-to-door and ask for signatures from registered Democrats (and other parties), so the candidate’s name will appear on the ballot.

We will be looking to get 2,000-3,000 signatures across the 40th Senate District over the next month, allowing us to compete in the Democratic Primary, and then move on to the General Election. But we will need your help.

If you are a registered Democrat or a notary anywhere in New York State and want to help us win this election, this is a good place to start. Either sign up on our website to volunteer, contact us at, or drop by our kickoff on June 5 at Eda’s Garden in Yorktown and we will get you set up!

Other things going on: As I mentioned in my email on Friday, last week we received the unanimous endorsement of the Dutchess County Democratic Convention. I want to thank our friends in Beekman and Pawling for making this happen. The excitement and energy in Dutchess County makes it very clear that this year is very different than years past, and the Blue Wave has captured the imagination of Democrats everywhere.

Sunday I attended a meeting of local environmentalists. We spoke about energy, job creation and a host of other issues. There will be more jobs, better jobs, and new industries if we invest in the future and stop propping up the past.

I followed up the meeting with a visit to the 8th Annual Pound Ridge Pride Day, which celebrates the community and businesses that make this wonderful town so unique. Hats off to all those who help make Pound Ridge Pride Day (and Pound Ridge!) so special, including Town Supervisor Kevin Hansen and Deputy Town Supervisor Ali Boak.

Also this past weekend, The Loft in White Plains held their annual LGBTQ event. Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Assemblyman David Buchwald and other officials joined the colorful crowd to ring in Pride Month here in Westchester County.

Much to come in the week ahead! I look forward to seeing you as I travel around the district collecting signatures. Meanwhile, our team will be knocking on as many doors as we can. Remember, you can only sign one petition for State Senate… I hope it will be mine!


Like this post? Subscribe to get future updates from the Kesten campaign by email.

We welcome any and all support! Find out how to Contribute to the Kesten campaign or Volunteer your time.