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Carmel, NY — Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM-New Windsor), candidate for the NY-18th congressional district, today held a campaign kick-off rally at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse.
Schmitt formally announced his campaign last week in his hometown of Montgomery in Orange County and today made it official with local leaders and community members from the East of Hudson counties of Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester.
Schmitt who is currently serving his second term in the New York State Assembly, serves as a Sergeant in the Army National Guard and is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident.
New York’s 18th Congressional District currently comprises all of Orange and Putnam Counties and portions of Dutchess and Westchester Counties is one of just a handful of districts nationwide to have a Republican rating but be represented by a Democrat.
Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “A week ago I launched our campaign for the Hudson Valley’s 18th Congressional District, pledging to be the voice for Hudson Valley families and our Hudson Valley values in Washington. I am blown away by the outpouring of support that we have received thus far for this campaign and I am grateful to be here today in Putnam as we kick off the campaign in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester Counties. As a member of Congress, I will lead the fight against the radical socialist ideology that is driving Nancy Pelosi’s agenda and the liberal policies being advanced by Congressional Democrats.”
Schmitt continued, “As I said last week and I will campaign on over the next 18 months I believe Washington has to work for the Hudson Valley again. The families who live and work in small towns and suburban communities across our district need a strong voice who will bring people together to protect and improve their quality-of-life. I will work every day to deliver real results for Hudson Valley families and defend our values.”
Assemblyman Schmitt has previously announced Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt and former Senator Terrence Murphy would serve as Campaign Co-Chairs of the Congressional Campaign. East Fishkill Councilman Anil Beephan will also serve as a campaign Co-chair in Dutchess County.
Senator Terrence Murphy stated, “My family and I have known Assemblyman Colin Schmitt for many years. I know there is no one better suited to represent us in Congress than Colin! He knows every community in this district. He serves the community, state and nation with distinction. He serves here in the Army National Guard and I saw first hand that service at Camp Smith while he was activated on the Hurricane Maria Relief Mission. He has served with bipartisan distinction in the State Assembly and he worked in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess County directly. He has my full support and I know he will win this district in November 2022.”
Putnam County Clerk Michael Bartolotti stated, “It is an exciting opportunity and day for us to have someone who has roots in our community and roots in our district who wants to represent us in Congress. For far too many years we have had a carpetbagger swing into town to use us as a stepping stone, Colin is the exact opposite of that. Colin has integrity, serves our country and our community. He gives every ounce of energy he has to be a public servant. I am so excited that we have someone who has roots, love and passion for our community to represent us in Congress. I fully support Colin and look forward to working with him moving forward.”
East Fishkill Councilman Anil Beephan stated, “Assemblyman Colin Schmitt is a dynamic leader with a track record of success for the Hudson Valley. He is going to make an excellent Congressman for all residents of our district. I look forward to working with him and many community partners to ensure he is our voice in Washington, DC.”
Colin Schmitt is a Sergeant in the Army National Guard and State Assemblyman representing portions of Orange and Rockland counties. Colin served on federal active duty for the COVID relief mission and he and his wife, Nikki, are involved with their family’s third-generation real estate business. Colin, Nikki, and their rescue dog, Quincy, live in Orange County.