To the editor:
I am writing to endorse Destiny Hallenbeck for the Chatham Town Board. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Destiny as a student at Union College where I taught and as an employee at Our Daily Bread, and as one of the last people mentored by my father, John Dunne — former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice and a 24-year New York State Republican Senator. My father was immediately taken by Destiny— recognizing in her the potential to be an extraordinary public servant. With her quick wit and intellectually curious mind, but also a refreshing sense of fairness born through intermittent hardship, it is easy to see how my dad was drawn to this intelligent and articulate young person.
Destiny Hallenbeck is a down-to-earth, problem-solving, young Democrat who has earned the respect of both elected officials and Chatham residents who respect her roots in Columbia County. The pressing issues of rent affordability and stewardship of our natural resources resonate with her.
As the father of a young daughter, I am invested in seeing a person as Destiny dedicate themselves to Chatham. Destiny’s youth is a valuable asset and she will help solve our complex challenges. She understands that as our town evolves we will all stand to lose if we do not make social and economic inclusion a goal. Destiny Hallenbeck has the right vision and is tremendously capable. She could help steer Chatham towards a place closer to our common good.