Thursday, 12 May 2022 15:05

Lahtakia Too Extreme for Saratoga Schools

Natalya Lahtakia is a self-proclaimed organizer and dues paying member of the left-wing extremist organization, Democratic Socialists of America or DSA. In DSA’s 2021 policy platform they call for the abolition of cops, prisons and capitalism.

Please, don’t take my word for it, instead listen to what the Chairman of the NYS Democratic Party said about members of the DSA, like Natalya. 

“I’ve read the DSA platform.  Everyone should.   Tell the voters where you and the DSA stand on “defunding the police;” ending capitalism in America, unilaterally disarming the nuclear deterrent of the U.S. military, and seizing private businesses that have to lay off workers even when their survival requires it.  They should tell the voters that she favors decriminalization of “sex work,” making 26-year-olds who commit violent crimes “youthful offenders” and the discontinuance of gang databases.  Simply, the DSA wants America to replace the capitalist system with the historically proven failure of socialism.”

Recent polling conducted by Skidmore College professor, Bob Turner, after the November 2021 general election determined that 41% of all voters in Saratoga Springs, including 35% of Democrats self-identify as holding moderate views.

Clearly, Lahtakia’s beliefs and policy positions are way outside the mainstream for the residents of the Saratoga Springs school district.

With five other highly qualified candidates on the ballot, traditional liberal Democrats, like Jay Jacobs, and all moderate voters need to decide if having a person with such radical views making financial, curriculum and policy decisions is a good thing for our community. 

- Rob Arrigo, Libertarian Party Chairman, Saratoga Springs

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