NEIGHBORS NOT POLITICS: MEET THE BIPARTISAN REPUBLICAN SLATE
Party endorses Kyle Carleton and MaryEllen McLaughlin for Town Board.
June 11, 2017 – The Bedford Republican Committee unveiled its local slate of candidates for November’s election in front of family, friends and elected officials at a special Flag Day event at a private home in Bedford this past Sunday. The Committee unanimously endorsed Town Justice Erik Jacobsen and Town Clerk Boo Fumagalli for reelection, along with Kyle Carleton and MaryEllen McLaughlin for Town Board.
The local GOP’s party platform is that local elected officials should be nonpartisan and work to improve our town. Maintaining a police force, repairing our roads and cleaning our parks is not and should not be a political issue. We look for the best most qualified candidates regardless of party affiliation.
Tom Kennedy, Bedford Republican Chair said, “I am excited about our local slate. They are locally focused, each with a long record of serving our community and with unique skill set needed to serve our town. They know what it takes to keep Bedford Bedford.”
About MaryEllen McLaughlin
A Katonah native, McLaughlin resides in the hamlet with her husband Doug, where the couple raised three children. Clare, 24, works in analytics while Dan, 22, is a mechanical engineer and Grace, 20, is studying computer engineering at Trinity Dublin.
The software engineer with Mt. Kisco-based Curtis Instruments says she is running for Town Board in order to represent those she cares about most—her friends and neighbors.
“I think we need to treat each other as neighbors again,” McLaughlin said. “We are a varied community with differing and strong opinions, which is great. I think I am good at listening even when someone’s views are not necessarily that of my own. I worry with the national political climate that people are becoming less likely to listen to differing opinions. In Bedford, the town should be about neighbors not politics. I am a registered Democrat. I am excited to run on the Republican ticket because all of these people have given great service to Bedford and really care about our town. I don’t think much needs to change in Bedford and when changes are proposed we need to really stop and think and talk to our neighbors before we make a change.”
About Kyle Carleton
Kyle lives with his wife Amber and their young daughter, Isla, in Bedford Village where he serves as a Fire Commissioner, Firefighter and EMT. Having lived in Bedford Village for five years, he works in
Compliance Advisory for a French investment bank in Manhattan. Prior to coming to Bedford, he lived in New York City and London.
A Republican who grew up in a strong union and Democratic household, Kyle says he is running for Town Board to ensure Bedford remains a place where neighbors care for neighbor and the town continues to prosper.
“Simply put, it’s a matter of civic duty and civic pride,” he said. “I am honored on a daily basis to serve as a Fire Commissioner, Firefighter and EMT alongside men and women across the three villages who gladly volunteer their time to ensure their neighbors are safe and town is secure. Serving on the Town Board would be a natural extension of this duty and pride, doing my part to continue to give to our great town. I am also running so my daughter can experience the town my wife and I were excited to move to before she was even born—a charming place that holds our values.”
Kyle said he is proud to put his name on the Bedford GOP ticket because the party has a history of transcending party lines and focusing only on local issues.
“There is a history of nominating people from across the spectrum with the understanding that caring for our neighbors, neighborhoods, villages, and Town transcend party lines and national matters,” he said. “Plus, serving at a local level is the truest form of accountability because every day you must face those you have promised to represent.