The New York State Assembly could see a fresh new conservative face after the 2018 election.
Morgan Zegers, a 20-year-old Republican native of Malta, N.Y., and student at American University in Washington, D.C., is looking to bring a conservative local voice from the 113th District to the capitol in Albany. If she wins, she would become the youngest person ever elected to the New York State Assembly, a distinction currently held by Nily Rozic, who was elected at age 25 in 2012 to represent the 25th District.
The youthful Zegers promises to champion old-school conservative policy priorities and reclaim her district for the Republicans, who dominated the seat for a century until the 2014 election of Democrat Carrie Woerner. In 2016, Woerner was re-elected with 56 percent of vote. While Woerner may have the advantages of both incumbency and experience, 2016 showed that experience isn’t the only thing that decides elections. She has received candidate training from the nonpartisan group VoteRunLead.
Zegers, the granddaughter of a Vietnam war veteran and daughter of an Iraq war veteran, says she that, as assemblywoman, she would focus on veteran affairs as well as repeal gun restrictions put in place by the SAFE Act. She would advocate for lower taxes, funneling that money back to the struggling upstate economy, and for policies that create jobs and lower the cost of living. And she would fight state regulations that she says are forcing long-term farmers to shut off their tractors and shut down.
As her campaign website sums it up: “Morgan’s goal is to get the government off of your back and out of your pocket.”
Zegers has said that she was inspired to run for the legislature by Elise Stefanik, who at age 30 in 2014 became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Zegers interned for Stefanik during two stints and told the local news that watching another young woman from her county run for office and win showed her that she could do it, too.
She does not view her young age or inexperience as a disadvantage, but rather as offering a different perspective. She doesn’t want to be a career politician. After serving a few terms, Zegers says she plans return to her hometown to work alongside her father at their small financial-services business.
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January 26, 2018:
Zegers Tapped a N.Y. GOP ‘Rising Star’
New York State Assembly candidate Morgan Zegers was named the “Rising Star” of Saratoga County by state and local Republican Party officials, Saratoga Today reports.
— Morgan Zegers (@morganzegers) January 24, 2018
Zegers was among six honorees from area counties who received the distinction at an event in the state capitol, Albany, that was attended by state Sen. George Amedore, state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb and state Sen. John DeFrancisco.
“I am thankful to the Saratoga County GOP and to the New York GOP for being a party of inclusivity and innovation,” Zegers said in a statement. “The Rising Stars from neighboring counties reaffirm my excitement for the future.”