Monday, August 20, 2018



Smythe opens campaign headquarters

Smythe: "I had to do something"

HYDE PARK – Businesswoman Karen Smythe opened her Hyde Park headquarters on Saturday in her run against Republican State Senator Susan Serino, who has represented the 41st District since 2014.

Smythe, a Democrat, has her campaign office strategically located next to Serino’s district office in Hyde Park.

The Poughkeepsie native said she was compelled to run upon hearing increasingly disheartening news in both the state and the country.

“I recognize that it is in service. It is an opportunity to represent all of you in Albany and I hope to bring all that I have been through in my life to get to a place where I can help others who are in this district,” she said.

“I just got tired of yelling at the TV and thought I had to do something,” Smythe said. “The more I do this, the more honored I am to be running for this position. I hope I can bring all I’ve been through in my life to running this district.”

Smythe was joined by local Democratic leaders as she formally launched her run, including Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D, Hudson).

“We need to flip this seat and make this happen to make this state the progressive state it should be,” she said.

Smythe’s run comes amidst a possible “blue wave,” a phenomenon that pundits have been predicting where local, state and national representation will become overwhelmingly Democrat come November.

Michael Dupree, the Dutchess County Democratic Committee vice-chairman, pointed to this phenomenon when introducing Smythe.

“Ladies and gentleman, if there is going to be a blue wave, it starts in every small town in America, and Karen is the person to lead the charge in Albany right now,” he said. “We needed someone who could take on Sue realistically, and now it needs to be a woman with her strengths and credibility.”

Other speakers included Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois, and Hannah Black, minority leader of the Dutchess County Legislature.
Black emphasized the importance of canvassing and running a grassroots campaign.

“Grassroots campaigns make the difference in who voters choose,” she said. “Let’s put Karen Smythe’s campaign into full gear and get out there today.”

Following the event, volunteers and supporters went around canvassing for Smythe.


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