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Backs Mike Derrick for Congress

July 7, 2016
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

I've been a Democrat since I could vote, but I've been a feminist for my entire life, so I like the idea of a woman representing the 21st Congressional District. But our current representative, Elise Stefanik, isn't the right person.

She's inexperienced and rigidly right-wing. She's doing the bidding of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the rest of the far-right Republican leadership. These same leaders hold congressional hearings about family planning and contraception at which not a single woman testifies.

Mike Derrick is the candidate for a moderate voter like me. He is pro-reproductive choice, pro-GLBTQ issues, and pro-environment. He is a middle class North Country native who genuinely understands about snowstorms in May and the shrinking number of good jobs in our region.

I've met him on several occasions. Mike Derrick is down-to-earth, thoughtful, wise, and kindly. The record shows that Mike is a proven leader with a distinguished international career, yet he put this career on hold for a time to be the full-time parent while his spouse Kathy worked. That's the kind of sensibility, agility and flexibility I like to see in a leader.

On Nov. 8, please join me in voting for Mike Derrick for Congress in our 21st District.

Martha Pritchard Spear

Lake Placid



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