I am so proud of what we have accomplished together, and can assure you that I did not make this decision lightly. It is critical that the GOP wins this seat, and in order to do that, we must rally around a single candidate as quickly as possible to take the fight to the Democrats for this April Special Election.
I have spoken with Julie and she has assured me that she will continue to promote policies that help lower- and middle-income New Yorkers achieve financial security and upward mobility. Julie is a strong candidate and will be a great Senator representing the people of Westchester County.
We decided to run at this time because we believe that it is imperative that the Republican Party promote positive policy solutions to the issues facing lower- and middle-income New Yorkers. We are encouraged by the gains our campaign has made and we will work to ensure that Republican candidates across New York continue to focus on these important issues and provide independent-minded solutions to make New York a great place to raise a family, start a business, and, ultimately, retire.
Douglas A. Colety, Westchester Republican County Committee Chairman, said the following about our candidacy: “What Sarmad achieved in terms of fundraising, garnering media attention, and generating grass roots support and enthusiasm for his campaign in an extremely short period of time makes clear to everyone that he is a rising star within our Party.”
We were the first candidate to enter the race, on December 4, 2017. Over a two-month period, we broke a fundraising record for a political newcomer in this district by raising more than $128,000 in six weeks, and we barnstormed the district speaking with media and meeting committee members and voters, sharing our ideas for practical solutions to solve the problems facing Westchester County families, with a specific focus on economic policies that would make it possible for all New Yorkers to achieve the American Dream.
We proposed a 529-style tax-advantaged, growth investment plan to help New York families save for their first home, a similar plan focused on small business entrepreneurship and a concept that would encourage angel investors to invest in New York-based start-ups.
Anjella and I can not thank you enough for your support. The opportunity to give voice to the issues facing hardworking families, small businesses, and seniors over the last few months has been a privilege and an honor. For me, it has been the happiest time of my life.