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(April 10, 2018) --- The New Castle Democratic Committee has voted to endorse the candidacy of Robert Kesten for the New York State Senate in Senate District #40, which represents the Town of New Castle.
“Kesten’s strong, principled positions combined with his willingness to challenge the status quo and build partnerships to get things done make him the best choice for NYS Senate District 40,” said party co-chairs Jerry Curran and Randee Glazer in a joint statement. “The entire New Castle Democratic committee will work tirelessly to elect him this November.”
Kesten has deep local roots, interests, and experience. Raised in Bedford, Robert is a graduate of Fox Lane High School (1973) and Syracuse University (1977.) Currently living in South Salem, Robert is a Lewisboro Democratic district leader and an active member of the Lewisboro Democratic Committee. In the 2017 elections Kesten went door to door in New Castle, helping to elect Ivy Pool to the New Castle Town Board.
“Robert Kesten will make a great New York State Senator,” the New Castle Democrats’ statement continued. “Robert is a strong, committed, progressive Democrat who knows the issues and who has earned that knowledge, working on behalf of candidates throughout not just our town but all of Westchester.”
Kesten has spent years as a Democratic party activist, having worked on the campaigns of the highly respected Democratic U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Paul Simon. Since 2009, Kesten has been a consultant for PDHRE, an international non-profit organization promoting learning about human rights that leads to action. Prior to PDHRE he worked with a variety of nonprofits in education, agriculture, and the arts.
Kesten will be facing a two term incumbent Trump Republican, Terrence Murphy, who has proposed repealing New York State law designed at preventing the mentally ill from gaining access to weapons and eliminating universal background checks, opposes women’s reproductive rights and who has blocked important civil rights legislation.