Senate Hopeful Kimberly Davis Holds Campaign Kick-Off Event
by Zachary Jackson
Plattsburgh, N.Y. -- A crowd of people gathered at Butcher Block’s Adirondack Room on Tuesday night to celebrate the campaign kick-off event for Democratic Senate hopeful Kimberly Davis of Plattsburgh.
Davis, originally from Springs, Long Island and alumna of SUNY Plattsburgh, has been the Clinton County Treasurer since 2014, and plans to continue working as treasurer full-time while she runs for the Senate seat in New York’s 45th district.
“That’s why I’m announcing early,” said Davis. “I have a full-time job to do and I intend to do it, so it’s going to be nights and weekends that I’ll be traveling the district. There’s 16 months between now and the election, and I need that time to do what I’m supposed to do with campaigning.”
For Davis, the next 16 months leading up to the election season will be focused on fundraising aggressively, meeting with constituents and finding out what their specific issues are.
At the event, Davis spoke to the room sharing both her general policy positions, and gave insight into her personal life as a small-town public servant. Davis will focus her campaign on increasing cell phone and broadband service to rural communities, as well as bolstering local business through a scope of environmentalism.
“I was trying to tell people a little more about myself more so than policy because we’ve got 16 months to talk about policy. They really need to know who I am and how I grew up, what my work ethic is like and that I have no problem working my fingers to the bone and doing what needs to get done. I will be a fierce and vocal advocate for the people of the 45th district,” said Davis.
Davis will be taking on Republican Senator Betty Little for the 45th district. Little has been a representative for the district for the last 16 years, and is now in the Senate minority under the current administration. Davis hopes to win the Democratic seat in 2020 to better assist the residents of the district.
“I believe this is a once in a generation opportunity. I do believe that Betty Little is frustrated about being in the minority, and if she decides to retire and we don’t have a strong candidate to run for that seat, then we will again have a representative possibly in the minority representing this area, so it’s incredibly important,” said Davis.
When asked if she had anything to say to the voters of the 45th district, Davis quickly replied, “Don’t discount me.”
Davis says she feels grateful for the possible opportunity to serve the constituents of the 45th district, and that this is her way of paying back the incredible life she’s been given in the north country.
Learn more about Kimberly and her campaign at davisforstatesenate.com