Letter to the Editor: Valdes Smith is an asset to the community


Dear Editor,

I am proud to endorse Yvette Valdés Smith in her bid for Dutchess County Legislature.  Yvette is an asset to our community, and we are so fortunate to have her focused and compassionate voice championing the families of District 16.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Yvette in her capacity as a community advocate and leader through her work with the Stony Kill Foundation, as a fellow educator, and also as a parent.  Her kindness and conviction are evidenced in every relationship she builds and every challenge she tackles.  

Yvette’s work with the Stony Ground Foundation is a wonderful example of her wholehearted investment in our local community.  Her background as an educator combined with her passion for the farm’s rich history and natural beauty have made her an asset to the foundation’s board, and she has been integral in growing the visibility and accessibility of this precious local landmark and its programs.  

Yvette has all of the qualities one wants in a leader,  and she manages to deliver them with a smile and the familiarity you expect from a friend.  Yvette Valdés Smith is the overwhelming choice to represent Beacon and Fishkill families looking for a forthright leader willing to truly listen in order to build a better community.



Kim Pennock

The opinions expressed in this letter are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Mid Hudson News.

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