BALLSTON SPA — If all goes according to plan, Morgan Zegers will graduate from American University with a multi-disciplinary degree in May 2018, just in time to devote the next six months to winning the 113th Assembly District.
“It’s a very long process to get to my dream,” said Zegers, a 20-year-old Ballston Spa graduate who announced last week she wants to challenge third-term Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake, who is less than a month into that third term. “I love taking on new challenges. I grabbed the opportunity as soon as I saw it.”
It will certainly be a challenge. Last year Chris Boyark had to turn back a primary challenge from Gerard Moser to get the Republican nod. In 2014, Steve Stallmer lost to Woerner. In those two races combined, Woerner spent almost $650,000.
As a first-time candidate, Zegers, who has been an activist since her youth, already has $6,370 in her campaign fund, $4,000 from Michele Riggi of Saratoga Springs, who did not know Zegers before the campaign, and most of the rest of it from her family.
Zegers. who has interned for U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, twice, made it clear she is not planning on making the Assembly a career.
“I will work for term limits, and I will set term limits on myself, probably 10 years,” she said. “It is my goal to come back home and work with my father. I love upstate New York.”
Zeger’s is in American’s CLEG program, which combines communications, law, economics and government, but she will also get a minor in accounting.
She wants to work with her father, Lt. Col. Arthur E. Zegers IV, who plans to retire as state auditor for the New York Army National Guard in the next few years and wants to start his own business.
As far as political issues go, she said the following:
“I will always make sure upstate farmers are equipped with the needed amount of support and funding from the state,” she said. “This includes rejecting any raise in the minimum wage and preventing any regulations that prevent progress in local agribusiness.”
She said she wants to improve the economy of upstate New York in any way she can and sees education as a “huge issue,” noting that, “I know what it is like to be over tested.”
She said she believes firmly in transparency in government and notes she “grew up in the digital age.”
Zegers also said she enjoys hunting and is “a proud gun owner.”