Red Hook Democrats Endorse Kristofer Munn for County Legislature

Micki Strawinski and Kristofer Munn

Red Hook, NY – The Red Hook Democratic Committee endorsed Kristofer Munn for Dutchess County Legislator at their business meeting on Wednesday, April 26.

Micki Strawinski, who currently serves as county legislator for Red Hook (District 20), decided not to pursue re-election to a third term this November and told the committee, “After two terms in the County Legislature and four years on the Red Hook Town Board, I’ve decided not to seek re-election this fall so I can spend more time with my family,” said Strawinski. “I plan to stay involved in Red Hook as a volunteer in local organizations.”

After hearing from Strawinski, the committee unanimously endorsed Munn who also attends county meetings and has been working closely with Strawinski over the past few months.

Among those RHDC members voting to endorse were Red Hook Town Supervisor Robert McKeon, Town Councilmembers Harry Colgan and Bill O’Neill and Strawinski.

Chair John Schmitz said, “I’ve worked with Kris for over 10 years and know him to be an intelligent and practical problem solver, genuinely interested in the public good. I’m sure he will be a great county legislator for Red Hook.”

A long-time resident and community volunteer in Red Hook, Kristofer Munn may be best known as the former publisher of The Observer, the local community newspaper that was delivered free to every home every two weeks from 2012 through 2014. He served on the Red Hook Planning Board for 5 years and since 2015 sits on the Red Hook Zoning Board of Appeals.

Munn also works for the multinational book publisher Penguin Random House in their Information Technology department.

“I hope to follow Micki’s example and serve Red Hook voters as legislator the same way I did our readers at the paper,” said Munn. “By listening to all sides and being honest about what’s working and what isn’t. I’ll do my best to keep Red Hook informed about County business and I look forward to working with the legislature and the county executive on developing real solutions that include Red Hook’s priorities as well as Dutchess County’s.”

Kristofer Munn, 46, is married to Jennifer Munn and lives in Red Hook with their five children, all of whom attend Red Hook’s public schools.