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Letters to the Editor September 1

August 31, 2016

The right write-in choice

Democrat Pramilla Malick believes voters should have a choice when voting for state senator this year. Pursuant to that end, she has successfully petitioned for a write-in vote on September 13 to select a Democratic senatorial candidate to run against incumbent Republican John Bonacic. Whoever gets the most write-in votes in September will be the Democratic candidate. Sen. Bonacic, with a reported $700,000 campaign fund and four lines on the November 8 ballot, is trying to ensure he remains unopposed. He’s contacting Democratic voters and asking them to write-in his name so he, not Pramilla Malick, will be selected as the Democratic candidate on the November’s ballot.

The September 13 primary is a test of Democratic voting strength and solidarity, of Pramilla Malick’s People Power vs. Sen. Bonacic’s PAC money. Many people don’t vote because they think their votes don’t matter. But elections are decided by who turns out the most voters, not by who has the most PAC money to buy it. Big money and special interests can hijack the political process, but only if you let them. Vote in the September 13 primary; write in Pramilla Malick’s name to ensure she will be the Democratic candidate for the 42nd Senate District in November.

Star Hesse
Narrowsburg, NY

A truly progressive candidate

For the first time in 10 years, Democrats in New York’s 42nd Senate District will have the opportunity to vote in the write-in Democratic primary on Tuesday, September 13 for a truly progressive candidate. Pramilla Malick is a clear alternative to Republican John Bonacic, who is financed by corporate lobbyists and the gas industry and voted to block campaign finance reform. He has steadfastly refused to support the New York Health Act, which would address the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, and voted against the Child Victims Act.

Pramilla Malick has actively fought fracking, its toxic pollution, the fracked gas plant (CPV) and infrastructure that Bonacic has brought to the district. She advocates the development of “green” jobs to replace fossil-fuel jobs, vocational training programs to develop the unique agricultural resources of the Hudson Valley, investment in K-12 STEM programs, and taking private, for-profit corporate interests, like high-stakes tests, out of public education.

Pramilla Malick believes that an open, vigorous discussion of the issues is crucial. Bonacic would like to prevent her from being on the ballot, so it is important for all Democrats to write in her name and ensure that we have a choice.