Orange County Democrats go head to head in primary race for state Senate seat

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Two Democrats are going head to head in a primary race for a critical state Senate seat out of Orange County.

The high-stakes race next week is for a chance to fill the state Senate seat held by Republican John Bonacic for 20 years.

Rosendale Councilwoman Jen Metzger is taking on environmental activist Pramilla Malick in the 42nd District primary. Whoever wins will face Republican Annie Rabbitt in the general election.

Both Democratic candidates say clean energy is a top priority. Malick, who heads Protect Orange County, says shutting down the CPV power plant is the No. 1 goal.

“This power plant not only has immediate health effects on 50,000 people in the district, it also has climate impacts that affect everyone,” says Malick.

Metzger, who leads the nonprofit Citizens for Local Power, is also looking to close CPV, but says changing laws that favor fossil fuels is more important. 

“As long we keep using oil and gas, those projects keep coming and coming. So there will be more CPVs,” says Metzger.

Metzger points to both her career as a local elected official and what she's done already to lower utility costs as making her the more-experienced candidate. Malick says some of the most successful politicians have come straight from the protest lines.

The polls will be open next Thursday in Orange County from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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