Karen Smythe was born and raised in Poughkeepsie. A former marketing executive, she became the fourth-generation to run her family’s construction business, C.B. Strain & Son. Karen understands that we need more middle-class jobs that pay a living wage. C.B. Strain created hundreds of good jobs locally, and as the company prospered, so did her workers, subcontractors and suppliers.
Committed to strengthening the Hudson Valley, Karen has put her skills to work on the Board of the Bardavon Theater, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and as a Trustee of Vassar College. She is proud to have been a Sunday school teacher and a soccer coach in LaGrange.
Together with Nevill, her husband of 28 years, they make giving back and improving our community a significant part of their lives. Karen will work with all sides to grow the Hudson Valley economy and ensure future generations are able to remain and raise their families here.
Karen’s Promise to Hudson Valley Families:
WORK to expand jobs and economic opportunities in the Hudson Valley
ENSURE our local schools receive the funding they need
STAND UP for taxpayers and work to make the Hudson Valley affordable.
PROTECT our environment and utilize our natural resources for more green jobs
ADVOCATE for new ethics and campaign finance laws to clean up Albany
PASS common-sense gun safety laws
EXPAND access to affordable healthcare
FIGHT to ensure equal pay for equal work and build on the State Senate’s success of protecting women’s health and right to choose
We need new representation in Albany, someone who will work nonstop for all the families and taxpayers of our community.