Who am I?

Richard Mollenkopf is a proud New York State Democrat. Richard Mollenkopf is currently seeking election for Rensselaer City Mayor in Upstate New York. He is part of a large family that were all born and raised in the Capital Region of Upstate New York. Richard has been an active volunteer with the Rensselaer Volunteer Ambulance for over 10 years. His father was a soldier in the United States Army and a full time, career firefighter for the City of Rensselaer.

Why am I running?

Richard is running a grassroots campaign to fix our economy and improve life for the middle class and working families across the state. At a young age, he received a Youth of the Year award from the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County. He also received a New York State Governor's Award from former Governor David Patterson. Richard hopes to restore transparency to our government, which is often operated from behind closed doors. He will put the people before politics and work to help the middle class and those in need.

My Goals

Richard's top goals are insuring our children grow up safely and well educated, that our job market rewards hard work, and quality, affordable housing is available to anyone that wants to live here.

My DFA Values

This will be a different kind of campaign built on your ideas, guided by your priorities. This is going to be a conversation, a chance to listen, share your ideas about our future, and a chance to roll up our sleeves and work together to get New York working for everyday people again.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Together, we will build the type of city that expands opportunity to protect the interests of all residents. This kind of partnership is essential for our state to reach its highest potential, even in the face of extraordinary challenges with crime, public education and the economy. We will engage the progressive grassroots by going out in our communities and talking one on one with residents, instead of just distributing flyers. We will also host events and talk with supporters.

Voice support


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About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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