No debate for Little v. Martz in 45th Senate District race

No debate for Little v. Martz in 45th Senate District race

There will be no debate this year between state Sen. Betty Little and the first main-party challenger she has had in 12 years in the 45th Senate District.

The League of Women Voters wanted to organize a debate and contacted Little, League of Women Voters of the North Country President Suzy Johnson said.

But Little’s staff did not return three calls, she said. After the third call, Johnson decided Little, R-Queensbury, wasn’t interested.

Her opponent, Democrat Emily Martz, wanted a debate. On Monday, Little told The Post-Star editorial board that she would agree to a debate, but that agreement came too late for the League of Women Voters.

“For a debate of this scale, we would need more than two weeks to pull it together,” Johnson said. “It is too late to have one now.”

Martz was disappointed.

Issues

Healthcare

Emily supports a single payer, universal healthcare system because she believes that all Americans must have guaranteed access to quality health care, regardless of income and employment status. What makes Emily Martz angry? Pharmaceutical executives and CEOs of insurance companies making millions of dollars a year, while hard-working North Country families still can’t afford a simple doctor’s visit. And who makes Emily angry? Not just the executives,but also the politicians, who are supposed to be representing the people of their districts, their state, and their country, and who also get full healthcare benefits from their employer (the taxpayers). Shouldn’t we elect representatives who will serve all of us and make sure all of us receive equal protection?

Economy

Emily’s focus is on innovation and investment. Our state is stronger when our communities are good places to live and work, when they are prosperous, and when everyone can participate in that prosperity. New York State’s economy is the 11th largest in the world, but working families in our district are falling further and further behind. The child poverty rate in Franklin County is nearly 30%, and nearly all school districts face dropping enrollment. Yet time and again, Betty Little has sided with the far-right billionaire agenda to funnel funding from our public schools to charter schools, limit wages, and restrict access to quality healthcare. After 20 years, it is time to elect a State Senator who will focus on solving these problems, someone who focuses on the regular working family.

Education

Emily is firmly committed to our public education system. Attacks on public school funding and teachers’ right to organize, led by DeVos and other far-right conservative billionaires, threaten our children’s success and the future of our communities. Emily will fight for the passage of S.8301 on day one of the 2019 Legislative Session in order to roll back the “test and punish” APPR scoring system. Emily believes that breaking the cycle of poverty starts with education and that 21​st​ Century public education should address local needs while preparing students to fulfill their own potential. As the daughter of a rural public school teacher and a former professor at Paul Smith's College, I strongly support public schools and all universities in our region, beginning at the pre-K level. In Albany, I will do all that I can to keep our communities’ schools financially healthy and open, and to support our students and public schools teachers.