[In front photo: Morgan Zegers at East Eden Farms in Stillwater, photo provided; and the candidate with her parents, Art and Amy Zegers, photo by Larry Goodwin.]
MALTA — The age of a candidate for state office is not the most important thing to Morgan Zegers and her supporters. They simply share this young woman’s strong beliefs in reducing taxes and removing government regulations, so that more New Yorkers can start or expand businesses; or at least afford to remain in New York for life.
The 20-year-old Zegers, who looks forward to graduating college next spring, is already working hard to promote such causes. She is devoting her summer break to building a genuine campaign for the 113th State Assembly District seat, which she hopes to win in November 2018.
Earlier this year, Zegers enlisted Jack Moulton to serve as her campaign manager. The two met last year during U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s successful re-election bid. Moulton has worked on both of Stefanik’s political campaigns.
In response to emailed questions, Moulton said the race will pick up speed early next year, when political committees “begin conducting endorsement interviews.” He reported that roughly $10,000 has been raised so far to support Zegers.
Zegers is seeking the Republican nominations in both Saratoga and Washington counties, which could make her a viable contender. Thus far, according to Moulton, no other registered Republicans in the district have announced intentions to challenge incumbent Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake).
“Right now we are building a network of grassroots volunteers who will be able to help us with the petition process, and making sure Morgan has the opportunity to meet as many voters as possible,” Moulton said.
“Saratoga and Washington counties are very unique and the community staples, from fly fishing on the Battenkill to the horse racing at Saratoga, are very dear to me and are a large factor of the person I am today,” Zegers says in an email. “I only want what’s best for our community and that means getting leaders down in Albany who will work to get New York back to business.”
“I’d put up a good fight against the three-men-in-a-room type of politics that goes down in our state,” Zegers continues, “and that’s why I’m running for the 113th. We need good people up front to take the lead and make New York business friendly and more respectful of taxpayers.”
In a previous statement, Zegers described her recent visits with area farmers and how she found them facing a “daily grind.” She called a pending proposal by Assembly Democrats to pass a $15 minimum wage “damaging legislation” because of its potential negative impacts on farmers statewide.
“The business of farming already faces an array of challenges, ranging from weather to pricing,” Zegers said. “The added costs and burdens will continue to hurt small family farms and prevent them from competing with nearby states.”
Another key volunteer for Zegers is Sarah Valentine, a former acquaintance of hers at Ballston Spa High School.
“It’s evident that her age will stand out to voters, although I see this as an advantage,” Valentine offered, when asked by email to comment on her commitment to the Zegers campaign for the next year and a half.
“Morgan is well aware of New Yorkers’ hardships and understands the need for a new generation of leadership,” Valentine said. “Morgan provides a new lens to solve these issues that I think voters will appreciate.”
“I firmly believe,” she added, “that it’s important for young people to get their voice out there as these issues are, or soon will become, crucial to their everyday lives.”
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