Candidate for Ulster County Legislator, District 4 (Ulster & Kingston)
Like many people the results of the 2016 presidential election affected me profoundly. Not knowing what to do, I jumped at the opportunity to attend the Women ’s March on Washington on January 21 the first time EVER doing something like that. When the Women’s March suggested organizing Huddles across the country, I co-founded the Kingston Democracy Defenders (KDD) with Mike Kelley. We did not know each other, but both wanted to do this. On a cold February evening, we welcomed 11 strangers into my home. We all shared our stories of how the election affected us. It was an incredibly moving experience.
Our mission, as members of the KDD, is to educate ourselves about how government works, what issues are going on in our own communities, mentor young people in civic engagement, and to get more women elected. I just did not realize that meant me! One of the main ways this group is active is to share information on meetings within the community and issues that need action. The group has attended town halls, the walk for education in Kingston, workshops on the Constitution, Democratic committee meetings, workshops on the Ulster County Legislature, and has done specific postcard writing campaigns, among many other events.
When the White House announced the US would withdraw from the Paris Accord, that was the last straw. I decided to run for Ulster County Legislator for District 4. Now is the time to do whatever I can on the local level to protect the progress our community has already made and safeguard our future.
A 10-year resident of the town of Ulster, I will bring years of business experience to the County Legislature, including skills in management, negotiating, networking, creative problem-solving and facilitating to a diverse group of legislators to enact legislation for the benefit of the residents of Ulster County.
Here’s why your vote for me will matter:
- I’ll bring conflict-free representation. Our current legislator is also our town tax assessor, a conflict of interest that currently affects town and county government budgets, and, ultimately, taxpayers.
- I’ll bring a fresh voice to the issues that matter for us all – taxes, education, economic development, employment opportunities and protection of the environment.
- I’ll bring a choice of candidates on the ballot for a seat that has been uncontested four of the last five elections – it’s time for a change.
- I’ll bring my conviction that local government is where, together, we can effect great change and protect our democracy.
- Ulster People for Democracy and Justice
- Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
- New York State Nurses Association
- Eleanor’s Legacy
“Articulate, intelligent and engaged are just a few adjectives that describe Laura Hartmann for Ulster County Legislator, District 4. Once you meet Laura, I’m sure you will agree that she’s the right choice to represent the Towns of Ulster and Kingston” — Elliot Auerbach, Ulster County Comptroller
I founded LVanHart Artist Productions in 1997, a company that manages the careers of world-class jazz musicians who travel the globe as performers, educators and ambassadors of this uniquely American art form. My first client, Steve Wilson, is still my client today.
A 29-year career in the music business has included producing concerts and recordings, producing and participating in panels and discussions in professional forums, and in the field of education. Previous employers were the Aspen Music Festival and School (’88-’90) and Herbert Barrett Management (’90-’97). I am currently an adjunct faculty member at the College of St. Rose teaching artist management, and travel to other schools around the country as a visiting clinician. In 1985, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Music and Music Education from the College of St Rose and a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the Brooklyn Conservatory at the City College of New York, Brooklyn in 1989. And a proud graduate of Cairo-Durham High School — a PUBLIC school.
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