Zephyr Teachout: Rural Roots, Grown Fearless

Zephyr Teachout grew up in a farming community just a few hours from Dutchess County, where she lives. 

Zephyr is a national leader, speaking up against the corruption of our political system by special interests and big corporations. Just before running for Congress she was even writing a book about the small business economy.  Now she is running for Congress to raise up the voices of people who have been shut out of the political process and bring those voices with her to Washington. 

For her entire career Zephyr has been fighting for people who have been shut out– and gotten results. She was the first National Director of the Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan organization that works to make Congress more open and transparent. After the crash of 2008, she helped start an organization to break up big banks who had become “too big to fail” and have damaged our small businesses.

Zephyr is a reform-minded leader who has never been afraid of standing up to powerful special interests and the political establishment, even members of her own party. In 2014, she ran against the Governor because of the corruption in Albany. Her grassroots campaign shocked political insiders when she garnered 35% of the vote, including majorities across the counties that make up NY-19.

Throughout that 2014 campaign Zephyr was proud to stand side by side with the people of this district to achieve one of the most historic environmental victories in the last several decades: the New York State wide fracking ban. Zephyr will continue to advocate for renewable energy solutions and supports local leaders who are opposed to pipelines that threaten New York’s precious water and soil.

She has continued her work to organize and raise up the voices of our neighbors and communities. Zephyr has been a strong voice for public education and stood with teachers and parents in the Anti-Common Core Opt Out Movement to roll back the worst effects of high-stakes testing.

Zephyr is passionate about local democracy, protecting our fragile water resources, great public education and a small business economy. She believes that every person deserves respect and the chance to be heard.

Growing up in an extended family with Democrats, Republicans, and independents, Zephyr grew up valuing vigorous debate, speaking her mind, and judging people for their values and commitment to community, not party labels. She has brought this independence to her work and activism. Standing up for people in her community and being unafraid to challenge the status quo is something you can trust Zephyr to do in Congress.