By Nate Jara, Deputy Communications Director
Tuesday was an eventful night for New York Democrats, though not without its ups and downs. Democrats scored important victories - Mike Hein was re-elected as Ulster County Executive, Madeline Singas was elected Nassau County DA, and Mike McMahon was elected Staten Island DA, the first Democrat to hold the office in 12 years.
But perhaps the biggest story of the night was Conrad Taylor’s election to the Binghamton City Council, drawing 55% of the vote. Conrad is proof that our voices as students matter, and can have a meaningful impact on the democratic process. CDNY is proud to have campaigned alongside Conrad, and is looking forward to his service to the people of Binghamton.
Now that we can look ahead to 2016, it is obvious that there is much more work to be done. Paul Ryan’s recent election to be Speaker of the House, and the absolute mess that preceded it, have communicated loud and clear to the American people that the party currently controlling both houses of Congress can barely govern itself, let alone the country. If the chaotic attempt to replace John Boehner as Speaker and the recent presidential debates have proved anything, it is that one party can unite behind a common vision to focus on the issues that matter to the American people, while the other seems only capable of tearing itself apart.
Despite all of the attention focused on presidential race, this election will be about much more than that. Fighting tooth and nail to retake the Senate and gain back seats in the House are just as important electing another Democrat to the presidency. The 2016 election will be defined by issues that matter to us as students - college affordability, job growth, healthcare, women’s rights, civil rights, climate change, the list goes on.
Whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being, the College Democrats of New York will be doing whatever we can to see them elected, because we are a party that believes we are defined by our ability to come together, despite our personal disagreements. We are a party of unity, not shouting, showboating, or demagoguery.
It’s going to take serious organizing - registering voters, making phone calls, and knocking on doors. But I’m confident we can get it done.
See you in 2016.