District: New York 23rd District
Run-Off Election: 06/26/2018
Primary Type: Party Members and Unaffiliated
”I am living the reality of working three jobs to make ends meet, in an area burdened with some of the highest tax rates in the country. I’m facing rising, unsustainable health insurance premiums, and medication costs that are 30 times higher than in Canada. My wife has a pre-existing condition that will result in our family losing coverage if the ACA is gutted or not replaced with something better. I get it.” - Ian Golden
Justice Democrats is proud to support candidates with a positive vision for our future. As establishment strategies continue to fail the people, Ian fights for a platform to uplift the lives of the extraordinary people he would represent by replacing the incumbent and fighting to:
- Enact healthcare for all
- Empower our existing local economic networks and provide new opportunities by supporting and creating more pathways for our industries to connect and innovate
- Tackle the opioid addiction crisis
- Support Rural Energy for America Program funding
- Support the Farm to School Grant Program and Child Nutrition Act
- Support H.R. 1880 College For All Act
- Electoral and campaign finance reform
- Maintain and better guest worker program and visa program revisions
Ian has spent 18 years of his life based in Tompkins County. He arrived as a student, studied occupational therapy, met his wife, Sherry, and started a family. After working several years with children with autistic spectrum disorders and in rehabilitation clinics, he decided to focus on his passion for running. Over time, he has started four small businesses, including a retail store in Ithaca and an events-planning organization, so he could share his passion with others. Ian considers himself lucky, though he has to work long hours at several part-time occupations in order to keep his businesses afloat. His work brings him in daily contact with the public — with his customers, with nearby shop owners, food vendors and passersby, with professors, students, locals, and the homeless. Ian's work also brings him in daily contact with the concerns and frustrations of many small-business owners and their employees. In 2017, after noticing that few others seemed willing to stand up to the special interests and lobbyists in Congress and address these issues, Ian decided that he would run for office himself. He would offer to bring his down-to-earth, practical business skills to the nation's capital — as well as his dedication to family, community, and country. He plans to represent his constituents with integrity, and to focus his attention on the economy, health care, and cleaning up our government.
”I believe in giving back to my community, not taking from it. I went into business to contribute to the quality of life in our region, to share my passion for running, and to support my family. Government should be about taking care of our communities as well, and those who serve should do so out of compassion for their neighbors.” - Ian Golden
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