Meet Dave Clegg

After graduating from SUNY-New Paltz and law school, and serving as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) doing civil rights work on behalf of Native Americans, I returned to the district where my wife Karen and I have raised our family and have been active members of our community.

Supporting Children and Families

I have served on the Board of Family of Woodstock for 15 years and as a member of the Rip Van Winkle Council of the Boy Scouts of America for a decade. For the last 25 years, I’ve coached and sponsored youth basketball.

Lending a Helping Hand

I helped found the Ralph Darmstadt Homeless Shelter, as well as Ulster County Habitat for Humanity. I served on the Ulster County Board of Health for two terms. I am a member of the Boards of the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and Midtown Rising. I also teach college-level classes at Woodbourne Prison as part of the Rising Hope program.

Human Rights Leader

I am now serving as Chairperson of the Ulster County Human Rights Commission, as well as on a legislative task force working collaboratively to draft a comprehensive Human Rights Law for Ulster County at the request of the Ulster County Legislature.

Opioid and Addiction Reduction

As an assistant Ulster County Public Defender for nine years, I fought for a rehabilitative approach to nonviolent crimes and worked to help clients with addictions to heroin and other street drugs get treatment instead of jail time.

Deacon, Public Servant

In 2007, I attended Yale Divinity School and was ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Today my unpaid position as Deacon at the St. James United Methodist Church, where I direct community outreach, gives me a broader platform to continue my community service.

Small Business Owner

Over the past 35 years, I have built a successful law practice in Kingston enabling me to understand first hand the issues faced by local businesses. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce for over thirty years, I am able to bridge the economic and social challenges of NY19.