You can request a free yard sign here: www.chad101.com/signs
We’ve been going old school on this campaign—working hard crisscrossing the district, knocking on doors, showing up at events, and talking to the voters. Now, we’ve got a campaign song to go with it!
Warning, it will get stuck in your head.
If you like the song please share it widely!
While you are listening, check out the campaign SoundCloud page to hear the radio interviews Chad has been doing recently.
Let us know what you think and sign up to get involved at chad101.com!
SUSTAINABLE OTSEGO SPONSORS CANDIDATES TOWN HALL
Otsego County,NewYork—Sustainable Otsego offers a town hall in Cooperstown for state and local candidates Antonio Delgado, running for the 19th U.S. Congressional District, Joyce St. George, campaigning for the 51st NY State Senate District, and Chad McEvoy, standing for election to NY State Assembly District 101.
The town hall will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 7–9 pm at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown.The meeting is free and open to the public.
Candidates will make brief statements and take questions from the audience.The town hall is an opportunity to hear how candidates frame issues of importance to the region. During the two-hour town hall, voters will have an opportunity to question candidates directly on pertinent local, regional and national issues.
Sustainable Otsego is a social network based in Otsego County. SO supports sustainable economic activity, regional economic independence, and home rule. Founded in 2007, Sustainable Otsego is a local non-partisan political action committee.
Sustainable Otsego: www.facebook.com/SustainableOtsego
Antonio Delgado: www.delgadoforcongress.com
Joyce St. George: stgeorgeforsenate.com
Chad McEvoy: www.chad101.com
I still need your help to get on the ballot. We are a shoestring, grassroots, volunteer-run campaign, and there is a very real chance we won't be able to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot unless many more people step up to help. I am the only Democrat in this race. If I don't get enough signatures to get on the ballot the Republicans will get a free seat in the NY State Assembly.
HELP CREATE THE UPSTATE BLUE WAVE
If you are a registered Democrat who lives in or near the 101st (see the list of towns below) send us an email at email@example.com and we will mail you one of these packets for free. They include a clipboard, petitions, a district map, flyers, a list of voters in your area, cards, stickers, instructions, and even a postage-paid envelope to return the sheets in.
Towns in the 101st include:
- Oneida County: New Hartford, Paris
- Herkimer County: Columbia, German Flatts, Litchfield, Little Falls, Warren, Winfield
- Otsego County: Maryland, Middlefield, Springfield, Westford
- Delaware County: Delhi, Hamden, Andes, Bovina, Davenport, Meredith
- Ulster County: Denning, Shawangunk, Wawarsing, Hardenburgh
- Sullivan County: Neversink
- Orange County: Crawford, Montgomery
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at https://www.chadmcevoy101.com/volunteer-index-impact
For Immediate Release: March 13, 2018
Contact: Jason Blaske, Campaign Manager - 617-953-9090
Chad McEvoy Running for New York Assembly in the 101st District
WESTFORD, New York (March 13, 2018) – Local tech project manager and grassroots activist Chad McEvoy today announced his campaign as a Democrat for New York State Assembly in the 101st District, which includes portions of Delaware, Herkimer, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. A 2017 candidate for the Otsego County Board and the current Westford representative to the Otsego County Democratic Committee, Chad brings new energy for upstate New York and will fight for the interests and perspectives of our rural communities within the legislative majority.
“We can do more for our area—focusing state resources on the needs of our communities—by working with, not against, the majority in Albany,” Chad explains. “I am running because we need someone working to advance individual liberties and freedom, promote sustainable economic growth, protect the environment and utilize intelligent, data-driven policies to improve our quality of life.”
McEvoy’s campaign will focus on key issues relating to the development of sustainable rural economic opportunities, the regional development of green energy, and improved access to broadband internet and rural cellular phone coverage. Chad, who lives with his wife Megan on 63 acres of farmland and woods, strongly believes economic and environmental concerns can be sensibly balanced to address the needs of rural areas.
“Chad is a successful and savvy businessman with the heart of a dedicated volunteer,” comments Nicole Dillingham, president of Otsego 2000. “He has strong financial technical skills and the vision to apply them to the needs of our district. Chad has worked with several nonprofits in the region where his leadership was critical to implementing financial controls and successfully supporting sustainable economic development. He is quick to see solutions where others see obstacles—an asset we need in Albany.”
Professionally, Chad recently managed the design and development of multimillion-dollar software projects funded by major national nonprofits and companies such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google. He has also worked as an analyst and project manager for organizations such as the American Red Cross and Heifer International. Chad spent several years volunteering in Africa for USAID-funded projects building agriculture and livestock databases. In 2015 he was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama for work with Senegalese agricultural schools. Additionally, he received a master’s degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.
“I like to think of myself as a nerdy data and policy guy who also enjoys cutting his own firewood and spending as much time out on the land as possible,” Chad says. “I care about my community and I actually want to get things done.”
Additional issues championed by Chad include:
Creating opportunities for high-paying, long-term jobs by supporting innovative renewable energy initiatives like solar and wind energy—providing a future for our children while increasing our energy independence and reducing our carbon footprint
Exploring creative policy solutions that help keep our small-town general stores from disappearing, such as reducing tax and regulatory burdens for owner-operated small business and providing credits for stores that serve dual functions as community centers and hubs for the distribution of local agricultural products.
Improving New York State’s voter registration and ballot access measures with an eye on moving toward a statewide vote-by-mail program
Securing funding for rural animal shelters, which provide a much-needed public service while often operating with volunteers on a shoestring budget
Providing our regional facilities with much-needed resources to handle overdoses and opioid addiction with competence and humanity by treating drug addiction as a public health crisis and exploring avenues for funding that include requiring pharmaceutical companies to bear the expense
Supporting and promoting the New York State Health Plan
Protecting our waterways by incentivizing alternatives to single-use plastic products
You can learn more about Chad and get involved at: www.chadmcevoy101.com
In 2017 I ran for a rural county legislature office in a Republican-held district that had not been contested by a Democrat for the preceding 18 years. It was my first try at running for office. I lost as expected, but it was a lot of fun and I gained useful experience. Importantly, my run was part of a coordinated county-wide effort in which Democrats picked up several seats and literally doubled the voter turnout rates over those of the same elections in 2015. This experience crystallized for me a set of reasons why it is critical that the Democratic Party adopts a nationwide fight-for-every-seat strategy:
Because Democracy means less if there is only one candidate on the ballot. The very concept of Democracy demands, at a minimum, that there be a competition of ideas and principles from which to choose on election day.
Because, on principle, we shouldn't continue to politically cede America's rural areas without a fight. The urban/rural party divide will only get worse if the parties give up on whole swaths of territory.
Because we might get lucky! Established, seemingly unassailable candidates withdraw from races all the time for unexpected reasons. Yet that good fortune goes to waste if we don't already have someone on the ballot running against them.
Because conducting campaigns and get-out-the-vote operations, even for long-shot races, builds the human infrastructure, relationships, networks and donor lists that are necessary if we ever hope to win in the future.
Because running for office is good practice for the next generation of candidates and volunteers. It helps build the pool of human resources available for future political efforts and it strengthens the careers of those who want to go into politics.
Because even a losing campaign creates mountains of useful data that can make the difference in future elections.
Because even a long-shot campaign can activate dormant Democratic voters who will be more likely to show up for future elections if they perceive that someone is paying attention and trying to get them to the polls.
Because contesting Republicans in “safe” districts forces them to spend time and resources locally that they would have otherwise directed towards other districts—potentially creating openings for Democratic candidates to win in close races.
Because a strongly contested election can cause even an established politician to defensively shift their policies on certain issues in potentially favorable ways.
Because the Blue Wave is coming and we just might win. It's 2018, a tabloid-grade reality TV show host is president, and crazy things are happening. Democrats are more mobilized this year than any time in the last five decades and that energy is flowing into campaigns in all locations and at every level of government. Democrats are already winning in previously unimaginable places. If there was ever a year to fight for every single political seat it is 2018.
Chad McEvoy, 2018 Candidate for NY State Assembly in District 101