Chad McEvoy Running for New York Assembly in the 101st District

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

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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:

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