Michael Smith launched an official challenge against incumbent John Nonna on Saturday, vying to represent District 3 in the Westchester County Legislature.
County Legislative District 3 includes Sleepy Hollow, Pleasantville, Mount Pleasant, a portion of Greenburgh and North Castle.
About 45 people came out to a campaign-launching event in front of Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla Saturday morning, including County Executive Robert Astorino and Mount Pleasant Supervisor Joan Maybury.
"I'm proud Michael Smith has stepped forward," said Astorino. "He and I agree on a lot of the same things."
Smith is the chief financial officer of Berkeley Educational Services and is a two-term member and former president of the Valhalla Board of Education. At 54-years-old, he will be running on the Republican and Conservative party lines in this November's election.
During his announcement speech, Smith highlighted the conflict between the Board of Legislators—which is controlled by a Democratic majority—and the County Executive. He cited a need for legislators to work for the people and reduce taxes, instead of playing politics.
"The Democrats on the board are obstructionists," he said, while noting hundreds of Astorino's actions had been vetoed by the BOL. "Rob needs our help and I am going to help him."
Smith is running a a platform that promotes business, the repeal of the MTA payroll tax and some push-back on the Westchester County housing settlement.
"We need fewer laws and more innovative thinking," he said.
The , he noted, was, "government run amok...," stating, "The values of our homes are being destroyed by the federal government."
The challenger also had some tough words for incumbent John Nonna, criticizing the , and his track record of voting with the Democratic majority.
"The needs of our residents take a back seat to Chairman Ken Jenkins of Yonkers," Smith said.
"We are going to put Westchester County back on the right track," he said. "Come this November, this county is going to get what we deserve."
You can hear Smith's full speech in the attached video. You can find out more about his campaign on his website.