Smythe, Serino in Rematch for NY State Senate

Karen Smythe owns eight blue blazers.

Ranging from light sky to deep cerulean, the fitted jackets have become Smythe’s signature statement piece, so much so that her campaign manager once saw her wearing a different color at an event and did not immediately recognize her. Brazen blue fits the Democratic candidate, determined to disrupt the 41st District’s red streak in the New York State Senate.

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VFW Post 170 “Local Hero” Award Presented

On Friday, Democratic State Senate Candidate Karen Smythe was awarded Vail-Wolff McKenna-Frye VFW Post 170’s “Local Hero” award by Post Commander Tom Zurhellen.
Smythe, whose grandfather served in World War II, is a member of the VFW Auxiliary and serves as the organization’s treasurer.

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Smythe Returns to Make Second Run for State Senate

After losing by 688 votes to Republican state Sen. Sue Serino in 2018, Democrat Karen Smythe returns to the political fray in this year’s 41st Senate District race.

Smythe said it was her frustration with how government is working – or not working – that prompted her to enter politics.

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These Are the Races to Watch in the Hudson Valley

Republican Sue Serino has held this Poughkeepsie-area Senate district since 2014 after unseating Democratic Sen. Terry Gipson. Serino is once again facing Democratic Sen. Karen Smythe for the mid-Hudson Valley Senate seat, a rematch from two years ago.

Smythe lost in 2018 by only 688 votes in what was a Democratic wave year for the party, and attention is once again being focused on the district as a potential flip for the party.

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THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE RACES WORTH WATCHING

The 41st SD, is a rematch between Republican Senator Sue Serrino and Democrat Karen Smythe. This district is centered in Dutchess County, but includes parts of Putnam County (Kent, Phillipstown and Putnam Valley). This race was one of the real surprises of 2018, as Smythe surprised nearly everyone by losing by only 646 votes.

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Smythe v. Serino: NY’s 41st Senate district candidates on the issues

This November, local businesswoman Karen Smythe will face GOP State Senator Sue Serino in what will be her second attempt to flip District 41—the traditionally conservative stronghold in which Poughkeepsie is located—blue. Throughout her campaign, Smythe has focused her rhetoric on imperatives for racial justice reform, reproductive rights and the need for new leadership. Meanwhile, Serino has stuck to her small government instincts while criticizing New York State’s unilaterally Democratic leadership and their pandemic response. Below are the candidates’ views on some of this year’s most pressing issues

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Episode 43: Karen Smythe Returns & Justin Gets Naturalized

In Episode 43, Justin talks about his naturalization and upcoming musical fundraisers, and Sajaa interviews candidate for NY State Senate District 41, Karen Smythe. Karen returns to the podcast for a third time, which ties her with Gareth Rhodes for most appearances! Karen talks about issues ranging from the impact of Justice Ginsburg’s passing to the COVID crisis’s implications on Dutchess/Putnam Counties and beyond.

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Union members rally to get out the vote

State Senate candidate Karen Smythe and Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson participated in the rally. Smythe, endorsed by several trade unions, noted that voter suppression is still a problem in the country. “Your power lies in your power to vote,” Smythe told the gathering.

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From Vassar’s halls to NYS politics: An interview with Karen Smythe ’82

In many regards, Karen Smythe ’82 was the quintessential Vassar student. She fondly recounts her time serving as the soccer team’s five-foot-three goalie, singing with the Night Owls and practicing squash—the whole time maintaining a delicate balancing act of running back and forth between the soccer field, Skinner Hall and the squash courts in Kenyon at all hours of the day.

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Democratic Senate Candidates Announce Delegation Priorities

Karen Smythe (SD-41) said, “I look forward to working with my future partners in the Hudson Valley coalition. In their first terms, Sen. Skoufis, Sen. Metzger, and Sen. Harckham have made great strides protecting local taxpayers and fighting for our region’s fair share in Albany. But as our communities rebuild from the pandemic, there’s much more to be done. Working together, the six of us can leverage our collective voice to ensure that the needs of Hudson Valley residents, from infrastructure and clean drinking water to school funding and good paying jobs, are never overlooked.”

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Maloney addresses mail concerns

NYS Senate candidate Karen Smythe, the Democratic challenger to incumbent Sue Serino echoed Maloney’s comments. “This is about more than just elections. It’s about people being forced to wait for medications, checks, and other mail that should not be delayed.” Smythe has participated in several protests at post offices in recent weeks.

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What Hudson Valley Democratic Candidates Want

A sustained pandemic response and push for an economic recovery, aid for schools and continued efforts to fight climate change are among the half-dozen points in a set of priorities to be released Thursday by state Senate Democratic candidates. The agenda is backed by a mix of incumbents, including senators James Skoufis, Pete Harckham and Jen Metzger, as well as candidates Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, Karen Smythe and Michelle Hinchey.

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