1st woman declares candidacy for 93rd Assembly District seat

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The sixth candidate to enter the race for the 93rd Assembly District seat is also the first woman to do so.

Chappaqua lawyer Kristen Browde wants to fill the position vacated by Assemblyman David Buchwald.

Buchwald is now running for Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat.

Browde is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist who says what separates her from her competitors is that she knows how to build coalitions.

"I've spent time in Albany getting legislation through. I know the people who make things happen up there. I work with state senators. I'm endorsed by one of the state senators," Browde said.

She says her run for office started with a conversation she had with her now 16-year-old son, which centered on what she says is students' constant fear of becoming a school shooting victim.

"It is still easier in the state of New York to buy a high-powered weapon and the ammunition sufficient to shoot up a school than it is to buy a pack of Sudafed, and that's just wrong," Browde said.

Browde became the first transgender candidate on a major party line to run for elected office in 2017 when she made an unsuccessful bid for New Castle town supervisor. Former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Chappaqua resident, endorsed Browde in that race.

Browde says she wouldn't mind another endorsement from Clinton, but understands Clinton will most likely wait until after the primary.

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