Owens challenges Pulver for largest county district
MILLERTON — Having always been drawn to the power of public service and manifested her service in “helping others do the work that changes the world,” Claire Owens saw the need for an advocate for the northeastern corner of Dutchess County, took a leap of faith and decided to run for the Dutchess County Legislature’s 19th District.
Running against long-time lawmaker and Chair of the Legislature Gregg Pulver (R-19) of Pine Plains, Owens is campaigning under the Democratic and Working Families party lines as well as the independent party line, Community First.
A Millerton resident, Owens serves on the North East Zoning Board of Appeals and belongs on both the Tri-Town Coalition affordable housing group and the Millerton Climate Smart Community Task Force.
Asked which of her strengths would best serve the county, Owens said it’s her life experience that would benefit constituents. Growing up, she said her family struggled with homelessness and food insecurity; she wants to make sure her neighbors never have to deal with those challenges. She also has experience working with every level of government from a career in communications, which she said would be an asset in government.
Owens said the Legislature desperately needs to address infrastructure, especially housing that’s accessible to everyone, stable and affordable broadband service, public sewer systems and bringing a full-service supermarket to the village of Millerton.
“I believe that when young people, and especially young women, run and win elections, our democracy gets stronger,” Owens said. “We live in a unique area where the demographics are changing constantly. I think that we need a new generation of leaders that are ready to roll up their sleeves and get stuff done for our changing communities while honoring, uplifting and incorporating our rural history and culture.
“I would be proud to serve the people of the 19th District to create stronger communities that are set up success to grow and thrive,” she added.