The people of our community deserve to know that their government is working for them, not for special interests. Too often, however, we see examples of Albany politicians doing the exact opposite – bending over backwards to serve the people that cut them campaign checks, not the people they were elected to fight for.
Working in the Obama White House, Alex saw how good government can work to provide healthcare for millions and deliver marriage equality. But right down Pennsylvania Avenue in the halls of Congress, he watched as bad government brought the wheels of progress to a near halt. Albany is bad government at its worst. You don’t need to be told that, you feel it every day: the corruption, the lobbyists, the special favors – it’s time to fundamentally change this broken system.
In order to take on the defining issues of our day like climate change and gun violence, we have to start strengthening our democracy, which has been under attack for decades. From Citizens United to voter ID laws, from gerrymandering to pay-to-play lobbyists; our democratic norms have been slowly but surely eroding. It is Alex’s top priority to ensure that we have functioning democratic systems in place to effectuate the change we need.
Here’s Alex’s plan to do it: