Thousands Sign Designating Petitions for Robert Kesten

Using 100% volunteer energy, the campaign gathered approximately 4,000 signatures

LEWISBORO, NY: Robert Kesten, Democratic candidate for NYS Senate District 40, filed approximately 4,000 signatures with the New York State Board of Elections in Albany yesterday — four times the minimum number required to appear on the Thursday, September 13th Primary ballot and 40% more signatures than his primary opponent.

The campaign harnessed massive grassroots support for Kesten and collected the signatures using 100% volunteer energy. Hundreds of volunteers went door-to-door carrying petitions for Kesten and signatures were collected from residents of every single town in the district.

Kesten stated, “I am humbled by the grassroots momentum that continues to build around our campaign and grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who made this possible. We knew we had the support of nearly every Democratic Committee and Indivisible group in SD40, but this all-volunteer effort resulted in nearly twice the number of signatures we originally expected to submit. It clearly demonstrates that when you work for the people, the people respond with their support.”

About Robert Kesten

Born and raised in Westchester, Robert Kesten has spent his career building coalitions and facilitating partnerships on the local, national, and international levels. A Lewisboro Democratic District Leader, Robert began his career working on the campaigns of several prominent U.S. Senators (including Tom Daschle and Paul Simon) as well as for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). At the state level, Robert worked for the NYS Senate Minority Leader, Manfred Ohrenstein. Since 2009, Robert has served as the executive director of PDHRE, a small but impactful non-profit established to respond to the unmet need for Human Rights Learning at the grassroots level. He also created and ran America’s Future Through Academic Progress, an educational program in the NYC Public Schools for academically, socially and economically challenged students. Robert is a longtime union member of SAG-AFTRA (AFL-CIO) and a long-term advocate of children’s health.



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