To a crowd of about 50 people at the Montgomery Village Hall, Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (Assembly District 99) , a republican, declared his run for Congressional Seat 18 and said it is likely to be one of the most important races in the country next Fall. Indeed, with the balance running tie-breakingly close it will be an important race. Crediting his early start at the nursery school right next door to the announcement, and a healthy local Hudson Valley upbringing, he nodded to his mom (proudly sporting a Women for Schmitt sign), while standing next to his wife, Nikki. Schmitt touted his record as bipartisan in a divided country, and the hard work he has put into public service his entire life, including his service and recent promotion to Sergeant in the National Guard. He has obtained numerous grants for local communities during his 2 terms and served at the Javits Center, getting it ready for possible Covid-19 virus overflow, and throughout the region helping prepare residents for Covid-19 care by delivering masks and antiseptic sanitizer, restocking food pantries, and delivering meals to seniors.
Present for the announcement were area supervisors, mayors, legislators, and servicemen as well as several dozen area citizens.
Schmitt will be running against democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, who has held the District 18 seat since 2013.