On April 3, State Senator George Latimer declared his candidacy for Westchester County Executive. "Stan and Loretta Latimer, my parents, loved Westchester. They loved their home on Mount Vernon's Southside, our boundless opportunities, and the diversity of our towns, villages and cities. For them, it was the American dream. That is the Westchester I was born in, and raised my family in, and as Westchester County Executive I will work every day to make it the Westchester of our children and our children's children," he said.
In announcing his candidacy, Latimer, a Democrat, explained that his 30 years in public service and 20 year career as a business executive gave him the right experience to bring back the fiscal strength and common sense leadership Westchester needs.
"What happened to Westchester? That's the question we need to answer," said Latimer stating his intent to run for County Executive. "We have so much skill and talent in our county, so many hard-working people and so many families hoping for a better tomorrow. But we've been saddled with long-term fiscal problems from short-sighted, ideological decision-making that has mortgaged our future. We need leaders who are willing to do the hard work and make the tough choices to right this ship."
"Nobody outworks me, and I will work every day for the people of Westchester, as I have done throughout my 30 years in public service, to get our county back on track," he added.
"Westchester is a large, complex county that cannot be, and has not been, well managed by someone who spent five years running for Governor, thought about taking a job with his longtime ally Donald Trump in Washington, and now intends to run for Governor again. While the current County Executive is auditioning for his next role, his fiscal approach is turning the County's budget into a flimsy house of cards. We need a County Executive who seeks a better Westchester, not a way out of Westchester."
Latimer said that his campaign will focus on issues that are currently lagging: fiscal soundness, infrastructure, environmental protection, fair taxation, long-term planning and fighting opioid addiction.
"My opponent is a very skilled politician; I'm just a guy from Westchester who knows that we need hard work, practical solutions and an end to personal politics to make Westchester an even better place to live and work," Latimer said.
On May 10, County Democrats will hold their convention to decide who will be on the ballot in November.
Five local Democratic committees have thrown their support to the election of State Senator George Latimer (D - Westchester) in his bid to become the Westchester County Executive. The committees are Rye City, Rye Town, Harrison, Mamaroneck, and North Castle. The committees cited Senator Latimer's ability to win tough races, knowledge of the issues affecting Westchester, and his outstanding representation of his constituents.
"George has had some of the most challenging and expensive races in Westchester County history. His ability to overcome being outspent drastically, and the false negative attacks that his opponents have thrown at him show that he is the only candidate who can beat Rob Astorino," said Harrison Democratic Committee Chair Frank Corvino.
"George has been and continues to be an outstanding representative for his constituents. He makes himself available to each and every one of them like no other politician I've ever seen, and his grasp of their needs – that is, our needs – is unrivaled," Rye City Chair Meg Cameron said. "We are supporting George to ensure that all of Westchester gets the treatment it deserves from its County Executive when he defeats Rob Astorino in November."
"We need a champion for the people in White Plains, and not someone who has consistently played politics with the county budget in an attempt to run for higher office. Without a doubt a race to unseat the current County Executive will be a difficult race and we believe that only George Latimer a champion of the people can beat Rob Astorino in November. That is why we wholeheartedly support George Latimer," said Barry Malvin, Chair of the Town of North Castle Democratic Committee.
"I am honored to have the support of my friends in Rye City, Rye Town, Harrison, Mamaroneck, and North Castle. I look forward to working with them and other committees in making Westchester County's government put people before politics again," Senator Latimer said.