Kari Rieser proudly represented the 9th District in the Dutchess County Legislature from 2015 to 2017. She's a former business owner, a community volunteer, and working mother.
YOUR REPRESENTATIVE: Kari voted against the bond for the new jail and voted in favor of increased funding for homeless shelters and alternatives to incarceration. She serves on the county Emergency Services Task Force and Criminal Justice Committee, and she's also on the local organizing committee of New York Local Progress. Because national issues are local issues, she sponsored a Human Rights Proclamation that called for religious tolerance in Dutchess County and is working with local Hispanic leaders to develop Safe City resolutions in towns and villages throughout the county. She joined the legislature in passing a resolution to make the county fossil-fuel free by 2030. And, she's work on county-level campaign finance reform.
DUTCHESS COUNTY BUSINESS OWNER: In 2003, she opened a women's fitness club in Red Hook, New York, called Everyday Wellness for Women, and managed it successfully for six years. She sold Everyday Wellness in 2008 and took on a new opportunity at the Columbia County Healthcare Consortium in Hudson, New York as a program coordinator for a $500,000 state grant on childhood obesity.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER: She’s a volunteer escort for Planned Parenthood and a graduate of Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and Poughkeepsie’s Middle-Main Initiative Community Leadership Program.
WORKING MOTHER: In 2012, Kari moved to from Hudson to Poughkeepsie to be closer to her husband Andrew's work (he teaches history at Dutchess Community College) and to make a new home for a new arrival—their daughter Sophie, who was born at Vassar Hospital. Sophie is in kindergarten and will turn six in September.
KARI BELIEVES in a higher minimum wage and paid leave; she defends a woman's right to choose and marriage equality; she supports local initiatives to combat the global crises of climate change; she believes that all people should have access to high-quality educational opportunities, health care, and mass transit. She supports private and public partnerships to spur Main Street revitalization and bring jobs (not more jail beds) to downtown Poughkeepsie.