|From the PTA Advocacy Team|
Dear Fellow Parents,
Voting is one of the most important things you can do for your child’s education. This is ESPECIALLY true in elections for state government because the state provides school funding and passes important laws about academic standards, teacher certification requirements, and school discipline. If you aren’t registered to vote, or you want to update your address or party affiliation, you can do so here
We hope that all voters will take the time to learn about the candidates, and that all voters will cast their votes for whomever best represents their priorities and values on the issues.
On THURSDAY, September 13, 2018
, there will be a primary election
for state government. Voters choosing to vote in the Democratic Primary have the opportunity and the responsibility to choose a candidate for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Depending on where voters live, they may also have the opportunity to choose a candidate for state senate or state assembly. Individuals registered as Democrats can vote in the primary election!
This year, the Republican Party only has ONE candidate for these positions, so they are not holding a primary election (the Republican candidate will run in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018).
Please find information below relating to all candidates running.
The Governor’s Race
The governor plays an incredibly important role in education. The governor negotiates the budget with the state legislature, which plays a major role in how well our schools are funded. The governor can also sign a bill into law, or veto a bill he or she disagrees with.
Andrew Cuomo is our current governor, and he is running for reelection. You can read more about his stance on a variety of issues, including education, on his campaign website.
Cynthia Nixon is challenging Cuomo for governor. You can read a summary of her education policies here, and a lengthier and more detailed version here. If you want to read about her stance on other issues, her issues page is here.
Watch Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon debate a wide range of issues.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Race
The lieutenant governor is similar to the Vice President. He or she can cast the deciding vote if there is a tie in the state senate, and he or she would replace the governor if the governor cannot complete his or her term in office. The lieutenant governor can also act as an advocate, drawing attention to important issues that affect our state.
Kathy Hochul is our current lieutenant governor, and she is running for reelection. You can learn more about her on her campaign website.
Jumaane Williams is a city council member and he is running for lieutenant governor. You can read about his stance on a wide variety of issues, including education, here.
Watch Kathy Hochul and Jumaane Williams debate a wide range of issues.
The Attorney General’s Race
The attorney general is New York state’s chief legal officer. The attorney general (AG) has the power to investigate all kinds of corruption and wrongdoing and to protect New Yorker’s rights. Our current AG, Barbara Underwood, is not running for reelection. Back in July, Gotham Gazette ran a very helpful article about the four Democratic candidates who have stepped forward to run in the primary election.
Leecia Eve is Vice President for Government Affairs at Verizon, and she is running for attorney general. You can learn more about her on her campaign website.
Letitia James is the Public Advocate for the City of New York, and she is running for attorney general. You can learn more about her on her campaign website and her issue page is here.
Sean Patrick Maloney is a Congressman who is simultaneously running for attorney general and the U.S. House of Representatives. You can learn more about him at his campaign website.
Zephyr Teachout is a law professor at Fordham University and she is running for attorney general. You can learn more about her on her campaign website, and her issue page is here.
Watch all four candidates debate a wide range of issues.
Watch Ms. Eve, Ms. James, and Ms. Teachout engage in a second debate.
Watch all four candidates in their final debate.
State Legislative Races
Our state legislature writes the laws for New York state, passes the state budget, and determines the lion’s share of funding for our public schools. Depending on where you live, your state senator may have a primary challenger. Find your state senator here.
If your state senator happens to be Marisol Alcantara, she has a primary challenger: Robert Jackson. Gotham Gazette interviewed both candidates over the summer – scroll down to the bottom of the page to listen to their interviews.