SD-37: Reform Party Backs Killian

SD-37: Reform Party Backs Killian

The Reform Party ballot line on Wednesday endorsed Republican Julie Killian in the special election for the 37th Senate district.

“I am honored to have earned the nomination of the Reform Party of the State of New York and look forward to running a campaign focused on the important challenges facing our state and our county,” Killian said.

“Civic engagement is crucial for citizens to get the most out of their government, and I am proud of my record in Rye and throughout Westchester County working to educate families and protect local kids from substance abuse. We need term limits to ensure New York families have the benefit of representation with fresh eyes and fresh ideas, and we must come up with more ways to deter and punish corruption, and put more money back in taxpayers’ wallets.”

Killian, a former Rye councilwoman, is running for the open Westchester County seat that is seen as potentially pivotal for control of the state Senate. A Republican victory there would likely dash any springtime hopes of Democrats gaining a working majority in the chamber, let alone a numerical one.

The party was first founded by Republican former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in his unsuccessful bid for governor in 2014. Activist and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa now leads it.

“Julie’s understanding of the people in this district is unparalleled, having raised a family there and been deeply involved through the community coalition she cofounded and also by serving as a councilwoman and deputy mayor. She understands the critical importance of term limits and fiscal responsibility and will make a terrific Senator,” Sliwa said. “The Reform Party is proud to endorse her in this important Special Election.”

The party endorsed George Latimer, the Democrat who defeated Astorino last year in the race for county executive.