Sarah Imboden is Elected to the Red Hook, New York Town Board

Congratulations to Sarah Imboden, Messiah College history major, who just won a seat on the Town Board of Red Hook, New York.

Here is a short biography of the new council member:

Hi, my name is Sarah Imboden and I’m running for Town Board in Red Hook.

I am proud to be a Red Hook resident and I want to represent Red Hook families in town government.  I believe strongly in open government, solid community relationships and continued fiscal responsibility.

My family and I have lived here for five years and during that time I’ve been a dedicated town volunteer, a local reporter and newspaper editor, and, above all, a mom involved in her community.

My husband, Jonathan, and I, chose Red Hook for its winning combination of rural beauty, healthy small farms, vibrant villages and great public schools. We both work locally and believe in supporting the local economy. We volunteer and participate in local groups because we recognize that Red Hook is a great place to live and raise a family when we all work together.

I grew up in the Town of White Creek in rural Rensselaer County and went to Hoosick Falls Central School.  I have a BA in history from Messiah College (Grantham, PA) and an MA in public policy from SUNY Albany (2009), with a focus on history and environmental policy. As part of that degree, I studied public budgeting and finance, political ethics, and much more.

After taking some time to stay at home with our two children, Isaac, now 5, and Edith, who is 3, I put my public policy skills to work at The Observer newspaper, which at its height served five towns, three villages and three school districts.  As managing editor, I became well-versed in the issues that matter most to residents in Red Hook and in our local area.  I also built relationships with local government officials and am proud to say I developed a reputation for integrity, fairness and an ability to communicate local issues effectively.

I also began volunteering with Red Hook’s Conservation Advisory Council in 2010, where I continue to work on environmental issues, including recycling and waste policy, reviewing planning projects, and advising the town board on related subjects.  We are proud of our regional reputation for protecting Red Hook’s natural resources and actively encouraging the town government to consider environmentally sound policies and projects.

I currently work part-time at the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park as an editor and researcher.  In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, gardening and reading and, most of all, spending time with my family.  I coach our son’s soccer team with the Red Hook Soccer Club and we are active parishioners at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church.  We try to take full advantage of all our region has to offer, so the weekend usually finds us somewhere outdoors.

I look forward to meeting you and I thank you for your support.