SEAN ELDRIDGE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CONGRESS,
FOCUSING ON JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Video Announcement Outlines Sean?s Upbringing, Record and Vision for Growing New York?s Middle Class
(Kingston, New York)?? Sean Eldridge officially launched his campaign for U.S. Congress today, vowing to bring an independent voice to Washington that is not beholden to special interests. Eldridge, a small business investor and president of?Hudson River Ventures, announced his candidacy in a new video highlighting his upbringing, his record of job-creation in the Hudson Valley, and his vision for growing the middle class and creating jobs in New York?s 19th Congressional District.
?Right now the voices of everyday New Yorkers are being drowned out by the special interests and party politics causing gridlock in Washington. We need an independent voice who will stand up to Big Oil and Big Banks and fight for middle class families,? said Eldridge. ?I?m proud of my record of growing small businesses in our region, and in Congress, I will fight for common sense solutions to grow our economy and create good jobs.?
Eldridge, a leader in the fight for campaign finance reform, has pledged not to accept corporate PAC contributions to his campaign.
The video announcing Eldridge?s candidacy highlighted his record of:
- Creating Jobs: As the founder and president of Kingston-based Hudson River Ventures, Sean has helped grow the local economy and create jobs. Hudson River Ventures is a small business investment fund focused on the Hudson Valley that has helped grow more than a dozen start-ups and small businesses, including family- and veteran-owned companies.
- Preparing Students for the New Economy: Eldridge founded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz to bring new manufacturing technology and training to our region.
- Protecting Women?s Health: Sean has stood with Planned Parenthood as an advocate for women?s health and reproductive freedom.
- Promoting Campaign Finance Reform: Sean has been a leader in the fight to reform our broken campaign finance system and reduce the power of money and special interests in politics. Last year, Eldridge helped found New York Leadership for Accountable Government, a bipartisan group working for campaign finance reform.
The announcement video, along with details of Sean?s biography and his positions on the issues most important to voters in New York?s 19th Congressional District, can be found atwww.seaneldridge.com. A full transcript of the campaign announcement video can be found below.
SEAN ELDRIDGE FOR CONGRESS VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
I love the Hudson Valley. It?s where I?m building my family, my home, and my business. Right now the voices of everyday New Yorkers are being drowned out by the special interests and party politics causing gridlock in Washington.
We need an independent voice who will fight for us. And that?s why I?m running for Congress. I was raised in a small town in Ohio and went to public schools. My father was the first person in his family to graduate from high school. And my mom grew up in a working-class family of immigrants.
My parents taught me the value of public service and the importance of fighting for those who don?t have a voice. And that?s how I?ve tried to live my life.
I?ve joined with Planned Parenthood to fight for women?s health. I?ve worked to protect our environment and New York?s incredible natural resources.
And I?ve worked to reform our broken campaign finance system.
I founded Hudson River Ventures, an investment company that has created local jobs and grown small businesses throughout our region, including family- and veteran-owned companies. We all know that we need to grow our economy, and I know firsthand what it takes to support small businesses, and create good jobs.
Laura Pensiero, owner of Gigi Hudson Valley: Hudson River Ventures allowed me to expand my business and hire more employees. There is not a lot of support for small businesses out there but Sean believed in us. We need to prepare students for the new economy, which is why I founded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz, bringing new manufacturing technology including 3D printing, to our region.
Larry Gottlieb, President of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation: We see 3D printing as being an exciting technology with so many applications. We?re proud that we were able to pull together a dream team of economic development professionals and organizations, Sean Eldridge, Central Hudson, SUNY New Paltz.
I?m proud of what we?ve accomplished, but we have so much more to do.
To strengthen our economy and create jobs.
Protect Medicare and Social Security.
Balance our budget.
Provide tax relief for middle class families.
And reduce the influence of money and special interests in politics.
Instead of looking out for Wall Street and Big Oil, we need Washington to help our small businesses and our family farms.
I have been very blessed in my life. I am proud to live in the greatest state in the greatest country on earth. I?m running for Congress, because I know that we can do better.
I hope that you?ll join me.